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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:
It will break your heart See more (109 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:
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:
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:
The Theme From Splendor In The GrassSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
It will break your heart, 27 March 2005

Warren Beatty made his screen debut in Hollywood with this treasure of a film. One of the best ever made. For me, I can barely make it through without shedding a tear. It's probably the most emotionally devastating film I've seen and somehow struck a chord with me like few other films have. The Shootist and The Bridges of Madison County are two other movies that bring out the Kleenex, but not the way Kazan's film can. The setting is a dim rural Kansas farming community in the days just prior to the Great Depression. Yet things are good in the beginning. The Stamper family is making a fortune off their stocks and the Loomis family has recently invested and stands to make money as well. Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood play two of the children of the families who go together in high school and are desperately in love. Beatty is Bud Stamper and Wood is Deannie Loomis. Both are in their teenage years and their hormones are raging. Sexual repression and it's consequences are examined in the film and why such conservatism and restraint exists. Bud and Deannie do not have sex, though both feel extremely uncomfortable from the tension that arises when they mutually suppress their instincts. Deannie is told by her mother that good girls don't do things like that, nor should they enjoy it. Bud on the otherhand is told by his freewheeling father, played excellently by Pat Hingle, that there's two kinds of girls in the world. Those that put out and those that don't. His only advice for his son is to not get into trouble, by which he means get a girl pregnant. Bud knows all too well about the "other" kind of girl, as his sister has become one of them. Bud fights pressures on all sides of his life including sports, his relationship with Deannie, finding a college, and sexual repression. Yet he is emotionally stable enough to take it. Deannie on the otherhand makes an altar to Bud and her entire existence seems to revolve around him. What makes the film so compelling is watching these wonderful characters who are not cliché' even if their problems sometimes are. Warren Beatty plays his role naturally sensitive but conflicted with his father and peer's advice that he "man-up." Deannie is quiet, shy, beautiful, and sensitive. When Bud's need can no longer remain in check he sleeps with another girl. This news sends Deannie into complete shock. Natalie Wood brings so much depth to the character. I can vision a thousand places where her scenes could have gone wrong, but somehow it works. Even the most difficult and infamous scene in the movie where Wood is soaking in the tub and then stands up screaming at her mother before running out of the bathroom. Deannie's mother only wants the best for her, but it's the old fashioned values, restraint, and the pain of Bud with another girl, which eventually snowball into Deannie being sent to a mental institution after a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt (ironically Wood attempts suicide by drowning in the movie, years later the real life Wood died from drowning. She carried a fear of water with her through her entire life). From this point in the movie the stock market crashes and Bud moves past Deannie but fails college before continuing his personal dream of becoming a farmer. William Wordsworth wrote the poem from which the film takes its name. The film deals with first love in a way few other films have. Certainly a movie of today examining the issue would not be so foreboding. One might think the film is unrealistic because of the outbursts and almost too fragile teens. It is easy to laugh and say how stupid and ignorant love is at that age, but for those who've lived and felt it, I think it'd be difficult to see this movie as far fetched in anyway. Or even scoff at the characters and their desperate behavior. Afterall, we're dealing with an age and time where suicide is among the leading causes of death for teenagers and 20-year olds and one of the major factors are breakups with first loves. Natalie Wood gives one of the finest, most powerful performances in all of cinema. She'll break your heart and make you feel as much for her character as possible with the medium. Warren Beatty is also good as Bud, the confused and repressed young man who just wants things to make sense. There are few films as fine as Elia Kazan's 1961 picture that tackles these subjects and can deal with them in such a sincere and emotional way.

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