Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Elia Kazan (1961)

X Certificate


Our Score
Warren Beatty couldn't have had a better start to his movie career than this, with collaborators such as co-star Natalie Wood and director Elia Kazan. Beatty and Wood play star-crossed lovers in playwright William Inge's tragi-romantic screenplay, set in a 1920s Kansas that boasts none of the homeliness that Dorothy experienced in The Wizard of Oz. The young couple who spend the film attempting to cross the sexual morality divide are too easily dominated by interfering parents (Audrey Christie, Pat Hingle), so that what should be splendid is seen to be squalid. The psychology may be simplistic, but the powerful portrayals from the cast - especially from Beatty - make that weakness seem like an irrelevance.


A teenage girl in 1920s Kansas is put under pressure from her parents to restrain her sexual desires, while her boyfriend's equally domineering family have plans for his future that do not involve her. As they are pushed apart, she ends up in a mental hospital. Elia Kazan's romantic drama, starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty in his screen debut, Pat Hingle and Audrey Christie.

Cast & Crew

Wilma Dean Loomis Natalie Wood
Bud Stamper Warren Beatty
Ace Stamper Pat Hingle
Mrs Loomis Audrey Christie
Ginny Stamper Barbara Loden
Angelina Zohra Lampert
Del Loomis Fred Stewart
Mrs Stamper Joanna Roos
Juanita Howard Jan Norris
Toots Gary Lockwood
Kay Sandy Dennis
Director Elia Kazan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD