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Grass (1999)

The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

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Ron Mann

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Solomon Vesta

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Cast

Credited cast:
Woody Harrelson ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry J. Anslinger Harry J. Anslinger ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Cab Calloway ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Chevy Chase ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Krupa ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)
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This film explores the history of the American government's official policy on marijuana in the 20th century. Rising with xenophobia with Mexican immigration and their taste for smoking marijuana, we see the establishment of a wrong headed federal drug policy as a crime issue as opposed to a public health approach. Fueled by prejudice, hysterical propaganda and political opportunism undeterred by voices of reason on the subject, we follow the story of a costly and futile crusade against a substance with debatable ill effects that has damaged basic civil liberties. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Erva See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,578, 4 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$313,039, 17 September 2000
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Production Co:

Sphinx Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Harrelson narrated this documentary for free. See more »

Quotes

["Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced."]
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No hippies were harmed in the making of this movie. See more »

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References To the Ends of the Earth (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Jive is Gone
Performed by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy
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A Witty look at the history of U.S drug laws.
11 January 2002 | by CharltonBoySee all my reviews

This is a funny , tongue in cheek look at the American laws against marajuana and how naive authorities can be when it comes to drugs. The film is basically a look at old political rants and public imformation films on the evils of dope and how misguided they were and still are. There are some very funny clips such as the parents of a boy who is sent to prison for 50 years for possession of 1 ounce of grass who say" i'ts a little harsh"!!! There is nothing like a bit of understatement. Also the speech by Ronald Reagan who said "Marajuana causes insanity and memory loss"..well he should know all about that shouldn't he! I couldnt care less if it was legalised or not, im not in the habit of smoking subtances that make you lose control...i've got beer that can do that! If people want to have a joint , let them.Who are they harming?

7 out of 10.


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