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Director:
Writer:
William Inge (written by)
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Release Date:
10 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A LOVE STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHERS !! See more »
Plot:
A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Powerful Movie With A Timeless Message See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Natalie Wood ... Wilma Dean Loomis

Pat Hingle ... Ace Stamper
Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Loomis
Barbara Loden ... Ginny Stamper
Zohra Lampert ... Angelina

Warren Beatty ... Bud Stamper
Fred Stewart ... Del Loomis
Joanna Roos ... Mrs. Stamper
John McGovern ... Doc Smiley
Jan Norris ... Juanita Howard
Martine Bartlett ... Miss Metcalf

Gary Lockwood ... Allen 'Toots' Tuttle

Sandy Dennis ... Kay
Crystal Field ... Hazel
Marla Adams ... June
Lynn Loring ... Carolyn

Phyllis Diller ... Texas Guinan
Sean Garrison ... Glenn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Antonio ... Oil Field Worker at Party (uncredited)
Lou Antonio ... Oil Field Worker at Party (uncredited)
Buster Bailey ... Musician (uncredited)
Godfrey Cambridge ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Carlos Cortés ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Downing ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Andrew Duggan ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ivor Francis ... Dr. Judd (uncredited)

Hoke Howell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Inge ... Reverend Whitman (uncredited)
Phoebe Mackay ... Stamper's Maid (uncredited)
Charles Matthews ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Robinson ... Johnny Masterson (uncredited)

Eugene Roche ... Private Detective (uncredited)

Mark Slade ... Rusty (uncredited)
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Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
William Inge (written by)

Produced by
William Inge .... associate producer
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Amram 
 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Willis Hanchett .... hairdresser
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
Ulu Grosbard .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward J. Johnstone .... sound (as Edward Johnstone)
Frank Lewin .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Howard Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Amram .... conductor
 
Other crew
Marguerite James .... script & continuity
George Tapps .... choreographer
Mart Crowley .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
124 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
While a clip was not actually seen (though dialog is heard), there is a scene in Pedro Almodóvar's What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) in which the grandmother and her eldest grandson attend a showing of Splendor in the Grass (1961). As they leave the theater, the poster (Spanish) is clearly seen in the background.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the locker-room shower sequence, Gary Lockwood is seen taking a shower. His shorts are visible.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Wilma Dean:Bud...
Bud:Deanie, please...
Wilma Dean:Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
Bud:Deanie...
Wilma Dean:No... we mustn't, Bud... no... no...
[he gets out of the car]
Wilma Dean:Bud, don't be mad.
Bud:I better take you home.
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Powerful Movie With A Timeless Message, 14 April 2002
Author: Tulsa90 (danalcott@yahoo.com) from United States

I watched Splendor In The Grass today in its entirety for the first time. I had seen bits and pieces of it on late night TV before, and had planned to try and see the whole movie for many years. I must say that I strongly disagree with the notion that this movie is "dated" and has lost its power over the last 40 years. This movie is not about un-requited love, but rather about two people who are deeply in love with each other. Unfortunately, due to various external forces such as their parents, their peers, the pressure to fit in with the rest of "normal" society, their fears, their innocent lack of understanding of how special their feelings are for each other, etc. all lead to one screwed up attempt after another to open up to each other and try to act on what they feel in their hearts. While some of the dialogue may be "dated", these two people struggling with love together is in my opinion as timeless as love itself.

This is one of those rare movies that while brilliant in its day, is somehow enhanced further by its age (it was filed 40 years ago in 1961). The age of the movie seems to make its message even more powerful. Lost love, time marching on, people trying to leave the past in the past and move forward, these messages are somehow made more realistic and more moving by the knowledge of the passage of time that has occurred since this film was made. Am I making any sense here?

My gosh, Natalie Wood was a flower in full bloom when she appeared in this film. What a beautiful young woman she was and she gave a wonderful performance as Deannie. Warren Beatty was good too as Bud, her high school sweetheart, but Natalie Wood stole the show. What a lucky guy Robert Wagner was for being married twice to this beautiful and talented woman. What is it about this film, that in spite of the fact that I never knew Natalie Wood in real life, just watching her in this film and realizing she is gone from this world brings me deep feelings of sadness. She would be 63 years old now, the same age as my mother, had she not been tragically killed in a drowning accident in California.

I am not educated in the art of film making or acting. However, I am a lover of good movies. This film makes we wish I had studied acting or directing or film or whatever, so that I could be involved in the production of movies like Splendor in The Grass.

I am babbling and jumping around all over the place here but I want to add a couple more thoughts. I disagree with the notion that this movie tries to sell the message that one must forget about the past and move on. To the contrary, I think the true message delivered by this film is that you only have one life on this planet, one chance, and if you are lucky enough to find someone that makes you feel the way Deannie and Bud felt for each other, you should do your best to explore it for what it is and not throw it away, because you are young. The future may not always bring someone else along that makes you feel the same way again. Also, parent's may think they know what is best for their children at all times, especially about who they should go out with or become involved with. But parent's have to let their children live their own lives, or their meddling may do way more harm and none of the good they intended.

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