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      The Sea of Grass

      Released Feb 26, 1947 2h 2m Western List
      14% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 36% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) arrives in New Mexico, having married cattleman James Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. She finds that her husband is considered a tyrant by locals for jealously guarding his million acres of land, the "Sea of Grass," against homesteaders. Lutie is unfaithful to him with his enemy, liberal lawyer Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), and conceives a son. When James finds out, he orders her to leave -- without her two children. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Shirley O'Hara The New Republic It seems wasteful to let two such good, attractive actors wander through a lavish production like thoroughbred somnambulists. Jan 23, 2013 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times To the credit of Elia Kazan, it must be said that his direction has pace, but the writers and others have betrayed him. Rated: 2/5 Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Film is loaded with very superior acting and spectacular imaginative photography. Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Jack Moffitt Esquire Magazine Spencer Tracy, as the rugged individualist, does his best to look monumental and inspired. But the inspiration seldom gets off the ground. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Fails to deliver the required action for a western. Rated: C+ Oct 1, 2014 Full Review TV Guide At 131 minutes, this sprawling western was long on talk and short on action. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Ok but only because of the cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched it just for Tracy and Hepburn... Love them usually, and this movie is okay but there is indeed far better fare out there!!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this film. Very important message about the farming practices that had been learned by the time ths film was made. Plowing up the grasses on the plains in Oklahoma had contibuted to the mass migration of the Okies in the lates 20's and early 30's. Watch Ken Burns film on this topic, and you will see how relevent the story is in this film, especially Tracy's explanation in the early scenes at the court trial. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member kazan plus spencer/hepburn = good stuff Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member the direction is great, and katharine hepburn and spencer tracy give phenomenal performances, but "the sea of grass" is overly long and never as interesting as it could have been. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Minor entry in the Hepburn/Tracy canon is justifiably obscure. The script is long winded but not terribly deep. As far as the performances Spencer Tracy is right at home as the rigid man whose pride works to his detriment but Kate seems uncomfortable in her role and it doesn't really fit her, a wounded dignity is needed and her tough resilience is at odds with that, Margaret Sullavan would have been much better suited to the part. The basic structure of the film works against what was always so special about the pair and that's their interaction, for great swatches of this they are apart. Robert Walker shows up late in the proceeding and injects some much needed life in the picture but is gone too soon. One good piece of casting is Phyllis Thaxter as the pair's grown daughter, she bears a striking resemblance to both and really does seem as if she could be their child. The best performance in the whole show is turned in by the reliable Edgar Buchanan as the family standby, his involvement with the others is one of the few parts that doesn't feel artificial. The usually reliable Melvyn Douglas is defeated by a stick figure character. The pace of the film is too slow, this was an early film for Kazan and he still had some learning to do, and by the end it becomes a trial too sit though. Not awful but a miss. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) arrives in New Mexico, having married cattleman James Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. She finds that her husband is considered a tyrant by locals for jealously guarding his million acres of land, the "Sea of Grass," against homesteaders. Lutie is unfaithful to him with his enemy, liberal lawyer Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), and conceives a son. When James finds out, he orders her to leave -- without her two children.
      Director
      Elia Kazan
      Producer
      Pandro S. Berman
      Screenwriter
      Conrad Richter, Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 26, 1947, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2009
      Runtime
      2h 2m
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