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Splendor in the Grass

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1961
  • Elia Kazan
  • 118 mins
  • X

Summary

Drama starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Two teenagers growing up in 1920s Kansas find it difficult to control their feelings for each other, much to the dismay of their disapproving parents.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Wilma Dean LoomisNatalie Wood
Bud StamperWarren Beatty
Ace StamperPat Hingle
Mrs LoomisAudrey Christie
Ginny StamperBarbara Loden
AngelinaZohra Lampert
Del LoomisFred Stewart
Mrs StamperJoanna Roos
Juanita HowardJan Norris
TootsGary Lockwood
KaySandy Dennis

Crew

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DirectorElia Kazan

Details

Released on
1962-01-18
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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