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The Sea of Grass (1947)

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Usually associated with erudite, urbane comedies, the legendary screen team of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy goes intensely dramatic in the expensive western Sea of Grass. Tracy plays cattle baron Colonel James Brewton, who staunchly opposes opening the western frontier to homesteaders. Standing steadfastly beside Brewton-at least at the beginning--is his headstrong wife Lutie (Hepburn). Eventually disillusioned by the stern implacability of her husband, Lutie leaves Brewton and goes off

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Western, Drama, Classics

Conrad Richter, Marguerite Roberts

Oct 23, 1991

Warner Home Video

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It seems wasteful to let two such good, attractive actors wander through a lavish production like thoroughbred somnambulists.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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To the credit of Elia Kazan, it must be said that his direction has pace, but the writers and others have betrayed him.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Film is loaded with very superior acting and spectacular imaginative photography.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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At 131 minutes, this sprawling western was long on talk and short on action.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Kazan had only made one previous film, and the stilted melodrama reflects the director's inexperience as he failed to get more than adequate performances from the two leads, whom he felt intimidated by.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
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