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Splendor in the Grass (1961)

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writer:

William Inge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Joanna Roos ... Mrs. Stamper
John McGovern John McGovern ... Doc Smiley
Jan Norris ... Juanita Howard
Martine Bartlett ... Miss Metcalf
Gary Lockwood ... Allen 'Toots' Tuttle
Sandy Dennis ... Kay
Crystal Field Crystal Field ... Hazel
Marla Adams Marla Adams ... June
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Storyline

It's 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are "good" kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. They also face pressures from their parents who have their own expectation for their offspring. Bud's overbearing father, Ace Stamper, the local oil baron, does not believe Bud can do wrong and expects him to go to Yale after graduation, which does not fit within Bud's own expectations for himself. And the money and image conscious Mrs. Loomis just wants... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A LOVE STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHERS !! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Esplendor en la hierba See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,720,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title character in Judy Blume's coming-of-age novel, Deenie, was named for Natalie Wood's character in this film. The novel contains several references to the film. See more »

Goofs

Although it is accepted as fact that many Wall Street investors jumped to their deaths after the crash of 1929, it is all a myth. Although the suicide rate throughout the country did steadily increase during the years between 1929 and 1932. The crash of 1929 was the beginning of the ten year period known as the Great Depression. 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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Crazy Credits

and introducing Warren Beatty See more »

Connections

Referenced in David Amram: The First 80 Years (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty
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User Reviews

 
Natalie wood at her best!
14 February 2008 | by itsvalliSee all my reviews

this is not a moving story. this is not awfully romantic or sentimental. but what this is, its a wonderful expression of indecision and mental stigma that you go through adolescence - not just in 60s even now I would imagine.

one of the most recognizable starts in the film history. its worth watching just for this opening sequence.

Beatty's first film. great find. scenes with his dad are wonderfully done.

Natalie wood - perfect. superb actress.

awesome end! Don't miss it.


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