It's 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are "good" kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. They also face pressures from their parents who have their own expectation for their offspring. Bud's overbearing father, Ace Stamper, the local oil baron, does not believe Bud can do wrong and expects him to go to Yale after graduation, which does not fit within Bud's own expectations for himself. And the money and image conscious Mrs. Loomis just wants... Written by
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Did You Know?
Even though they were supposed to be playing teenagers, Natalie Wood
and Warren Beatty
were approximately 22 and 23 respectively at the time of filming. As a result, Elia Kazan
decided that the other actors who were to play teenagers in the film should be in their early to mid-twenties as a way to make it easier for the audience to accept Wood and Beatty as teenagers rather than as adults playing teens. See more
At the film's climax, when Hazel asks Deanie if she still loves Bud, you can see to the right of the frame that Deanie is wearing her hat. However, when it cuts immediately to a close-up of Deanie, she is not wearing the hat. See more
Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
No... we mustn't, Bud... no... no...
[he gets out of the car
Bud, don't be mad.
I better take you home.
and introducing Warren Beatty See more
Referenced in Splendor in the Ass
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Natalie Wood
and Warren Beatty See more