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Splendor in the Grass -- Warren Beatty, in an auspicious debut, and Natalie Wood are teens in love, torn apart by family, sexual and peer pressures.


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Release Date:
10 October 1961 (USA) See more »
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 »
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Larry Gaynes ... Extra in classroom (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)
Iris Whitney ... Deanie's High School Friend (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Splendour in the Grass" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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124 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1979) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #19453) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Natalie Wood's character tries to drown herself. Twenty years later, Wood drowned after falling off a boat.See more »
Anachronisms: The scene with the camera panning across the dinner table shows Iris and Herringbone footed tumblers in the iridescent finish. Jeanette Glass Company did not make the iridescent finish until the 1950s. During the 30s only the Crystal (clear) style was available.See more »
[first lines]
Wilma Dean:Bud...
Bud:Deanie, please...
Wilma Dean:Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) (V)See more »
Love ThemeSee more »


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37 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Author: zids from Philadelphia, Pa

How poignant this movie is....showing us young love between Deanie and Bud. All the time, you just know that the parents are setting them up for disaster. I first saw this film when I was a young woman of 12 in 1967 and it impressed me so much how two people could be in love, but it could never be. I cried and cried, thinking how sad this was. Now, as a grown woman, watching it, I still felt the same. I still cried after watching it the other night. I always loved Natalie Wood and felt that there was a real chemistry between she and Warren Beatty. (I think their real-life affair during this film contributed to the sparks that fly in this movies). Also, the time period added alot symbolically to the film: The care-free Roaring Twenties which eventually led to the harsh reality of the Depression. Brilliant work of Elia Kazan!!!

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