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Splendor in the Grass
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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:
Get The Kleenex Ready See more (108 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)

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 (music composed by)
 
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
 
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 .... music conducted by
 
Other crew
Marguerite James .... script and 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:
The very brief glimpse we get of a building in Yale is not Yale, but CCNY, the City College of New York.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
The Theme From Splendor In The GrassSee more »

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41 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Get The Kleenex Ready, 21 April 2003
Author: secragt from United States

So poignant, it hurts. And I'm a heterosexual male who enjoys football and grunge. Though some of the attitudes toward sex have been tempered in the intervening years, the turmoils and pressures of being a teen ring just as true today 42 years after this film's release. Kazan is a master at capturing those wrenching angsty adolescent and post-adolescent moments of emotional vulnerability and doubt, especially concerning the love/hate between children and their parents, and this is among his best work. A reminder that wistful remembrances of the seeming innocence and happiness of youth are probably wishful thinking, and also an ironic prodding that there is seemingly something idealistic lost or compromised when we enter adulthood. Kudos to the entire cast but in particular, Natalie Wood is scintillating, perfectly encapsulating the joys and horrors of someone caught up in the dizzying power and raging hormones of teen love. Beatty is solid, too, if a bit overly earnest.

All of the twists and turns of the plot work, though ultimately Bud's family's economic setbacks and deaths and Didi's family's successes are mere soap operatic window dressing to the "A" plot line, which is the heart tugging reality of "nothing bringing back the hour of the Splendor In The Grass" for Bud and Didi, though both obviously still share the feeling. This is the kind of movie that doesn't get made in America now because of the non-commercial (but accurate) ending. Okay, they broached it in the less psychologically challenging CASTAWAY, but slapped on a happy ending afterwards.

SPLENDOR is not perfect; Bud's father (Pat Hingle) is a little overwrought and stereotypically drawn as the socioeconomic snob with castratingly ambitious designs on Bud's future. Bud's sister (Barbara Loden) is similarly too pat as the troubled, neglected child who does all she can to get daddy's disapproval. Still, any of the soapy aspects of the plot just fall away when the Beatty / Wood romance plot line gets cooking. They got the meat of this movie just right and the result is one of the most memorable and vivid examples of young romance ever set down on celluloid. Don't miss it!

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