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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:
Heartbreaking but incredibly good See more (107 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 (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:
Although Elia Kazan had planned to film the movie in Kansas, a severe drought forced him to relocate all shooting to New York state. The waterfall in the film is located in High Falls, New York, in the Catskills.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the bath tub scene, there is chunk of dry ice providing the "steam".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 Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Heartbreaking but incredibly good, 4 August 2002
Author: Opion8d from SC

*Splendor in the Grass*

I've sen Splendor in the Grass a few times now, and with each time my heart breaks a little more. Incredible directing, magnificent acting, and traumatizing events that will leave you breathless and maybe in tears. I don't think any movie has made me feel true pain like this one did. I don't know what it was, but it was amazing. I feel the desire Bud has and the torture Deadie is going through, and I think it's because of either the impeccable acting from the leads and supporting cast (Bud's sister was great in her role) or the flawless directing of Elia Kazan.

The opening scene begins with Bud(Beatty) and Deadie(Wood) "necking" (got to get that old-timey vibe) in Bud's car. Deadie has been told time and time again by her mother that you must never go all they way before marriage. Deadie's parents are so unaware of what teens were doing at the time. So she refuses to do it with him. This angers Bud in a way that's easy to tell, he loves her but he wants more then just that. But they're relationship is more then just sex. They really are crazy about each other. Bud's father suggests he dates "another kind of woman". And I'll leave it at that.

Natalie Wood really shows here that she can act. Not that she hadn't shown in in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, but in this one she just shines. Her transformation from clean and virginal to almost insane is genius. Bravo, Natalie. Warren Beatty is pretty good, well actually he is very good, considering it was pretty much his first movie. And despite Bonnie and Clyde he really hasn't been too good in anything since. Like I said before, the rest of the cast delivers perfectly too. Elia Kazan always knows how to bring out the best in a cast. Marlon Brando gave the performance of a lifetime in On The Waterfront and Natalie Wood does the same with this.

This is a sad and heartbreaking tale that can't be missed. The end gets me every time.

*9.5/10*

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