Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

DVD - 2000
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A story of first love between two teenagers in a 1920s Kansas town. When their desire conflicts with the norms of respectable behavior, serious consequences ensue.

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Many miss the interesting contrasts in the story. Bud is told by his dad, that if he has sex with Deanie he'll have to marry her, but Deanie is told by her mom that if she has sex with Bud, he'll never marry her. Well, they can't both be right! Then again, Bud's dad is heavily invested in the stock market at the time of the great crash of 1929, and he's ruined. Deanie's dad is speculating in stocks too, but he sells out to send Deanie to a high-dollar psychiatric clinic, and so his family is living in comfort after the crash.

The playwright, William Inge, can be seen as the minister who has little helpful advice for Bud. Inge's plays were made into several successful movies, particularly "Picnic" and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."

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oktexchic
Mar 15, 2019

I couldn't even watch it.

could this be nat's finest film? she certainly is expressive through her liquid brown eyes, especially as she interacts with warren beatty's character. I sure was rootin' for her to survive her family and her town and that she would make it out to somewhere freedom could be found. a downer to see the scene of her in the water, considering that she lost her life to that element. yah, this is a good old film, a standard to be met. also, look for Barbara Loden, in the party scene (she plays warren's sister---a slut). That wasn't a gratuitous designation: Natalie obviously plays a good girl, i.e. TOO inhibited. when you include the opposites of a character, much can be said about both, by so doing. Tends to make a complete picture. Elia Kazan, the director, had an interesting life, career. I guess some would call him a 'snitch.' And William Inge, the writer, was most famous for PICNIC. in the classroom scene, when deanie reads a poet, it is William Wordsworth that she reads, and it is from one of his poems, that the title of the film is taken, as well as....the name of the yacht which was Natalie's last sensation of dry land, on that late November evening of 1981 in Southern California.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 22, 2018

GREAT 1961 drama film set in 1928 Kansas featuring Natalie Wood in her early 20's and first film of Warren Beatty whose character's families are from poor and rich economic backgrounds which affects their emerging romantic relationship. I particularly enjoyed the acting of Pat Hingle, as the crusty (and more) father of the Beatty character - and fine acting by the entire cast.
Excellent production of story which won Oscar for writer William Inge. Also excellent music score by jazz composer David Amram.
Glad I have now seen this fine piece of movie production which I would have been too young to understand when it first came out.

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Derringer
Sep 13, 2016

Well - As this film's story goes - Believing whole-heartedly in the saying "Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father", Deanie Loomis follows her mother's advice to resist her desire for sex with her boyfriend, Bud Stamper, the son of one of the most prosperous families in town.

Bud, in turn, reluctantly follows the advice of his loud and dominating father, Ace, who openly suggests that he find himself "another-kind-of-woman" to satisfy his desires.

This whole traumatic episode of denial triggers a profound emotional breakdown for both of these 2 young people, especially for the fragile Deanie, who, driven close to madness, is eventually institutionalized.

Yes. 1961's Splendor In The Grass may seem quite old-fashioned by today;s loose standards. But, still, I, personally, recommend this picture. Its compelling story-line, as well as its well-drawn characters and superb direction are all nothing short of first-rate, from start to finish.

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gveck
Oct 23, 2015

love WB & NW but not this movie. Guess it just doesn't translate to modern times, not the greatest script or acting. Direction is weak too. Disappointing, as I really like the stuff Beatty did in the 70's.
Also what's with the cover art? Nothing to do with the movie! Looks like Ann Margrett. Put up the old cover art from the movie to give people an idea of what they are going to see, an old weak movie.

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ManMachine
Jun 20, 2013

Released in 1961 - Splendor In The Grass is a heart-wrenching, emotionally-charged, teen, tear-jerker that stars Natalie Wood and introduces Warren Beatty (24 at the time) in his first starring role._____ This is a very effective and almost flawlessly acted story of the intense sexual awakening of two "very-much-in-love" young adults living in a small-minded, straight-laced, Kansas town in the late 1920s._____ Splendor In The Grass is a highly-recommended picture. Its compelling story, as well as its well-drawn characters and superb direction are all nothing short of first-rate, from start to finish._____ Filmed in lush Technicolor, Splendor In The Grass was directed by Elia Kazan whose other notable films include - A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront, and East Of Eden. At the 34th Academy Awards presentations a well-deserved Oscar for "Best Screenplay" went to William Inge.

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iwasthewalrus
Jan 24, 2013

A very poignant drama. My fulls thoughts here: http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/2013/01/splendor-in-grass-1961.html

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swyckl
Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Good for the family. Well presented.

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richibi
May 20, 2012

a lot of obnoxious people from the '50s, pretending they're in the '20s, dealing inexpertly with teenage female sexuality, not much to learn here

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