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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:
Too long, simplistic and just plain dull! See more (110 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Splendour in the Grass" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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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)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1979) | Sweden:15 | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #19453) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Dennis Hopper was considered for the role of Bud Stamper.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Splendor in the Ass (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
ChopsticksSee more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Too long, simplistic and just plain dull!, 24 June 2010
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

In 1928 Kansas a poor girl named Wilma (Natalie Wood) is in love with rich Bud Stemper (Warren Beatty). He loves her and plans to marry her but his loud, overbearing father (Pat Hingle) puts a stop to that. Wilma has a nervous breakdown and is put in an institution...but Bud can't forget her.

OK--I'm a guy that loves sappy, romantic movies. Hell I cry at ANYTHING and I love Natalie Wood...but this left me cold. I found it incredibly simplistic in blaming the parents for all the kids troubles. Another annoyance was, because of the Production Code, they couldn't talk openly about sex. They got it through but in long lingering looks and dialogues that were just bewildering. Also Beatty (in his film debut) was pretty terrible. He was exceptionally good-looking and muscular...but a total blank in his role. His love for Wood never rang true to me. The film goes on far too long. Everything is done so slowly it just gets irritating. Pat Hingle's character also has got to be the most overbearing character in cinema history. On the plus side Wood is excellent. Her love for Beatty comes through loud and clear and her breakdown in the tub is just frightening. She's just incredible (that's why this gets 5 stars) but she can't save such a long, leisurely movie by herself. I know this affects lots of people (at a revival theatre where I first saw it years ago one woman behind me was sobbing openly by the end) but I just didn't care. Film debuts of Beatty, Sandy Dennis and (believe it or not) Phyllis Diller!

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