Splendor in the Grass

There is a miracle in being young... and a fear
Splendor in the Grass
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 3, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1961 - Best Original Screenplay: William Inge

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 21


User Ratings: 8,489
The authority and eloquence of the theme emerge in the honest, sensitive acting of Mr. Beatty and Miss Wood. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Classic of repressed teenage sexuality. Full Review
Movie Mom
Feb 12, 2018
Rating: B- -- This romantic sudser is darker than those of its day, as it shockingly deals with matters Hollywood had previously kept under wraps. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 19, 2010
A complicated film that never really successfully yokes together the themes of money-making and sexuality, it reveals both Kazan's operatic sensibility and his inability to follow an argument rigorously through. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- Splendor in the Grass is a prestigious, top-of-the-line, sensitively-handled melodramatic literalization of the axiom "If you touch yourself too much, you'll go crazy." Full Review
Slant Magazine
Mar 2, 2009
If Splendor in the Grass is the truth, simple or complex, about men and women, then I've been living in a fool's paradise for fifty-five years. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 30, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- The psychology may be simplistic, but the powerful portrayals from the cast - especially from Beatty - make that weakness seem like an irrelevance. Full Review
Radio Times
Feb 12, 2018

Product Description:

Two young lovers find their awakening sensuality in conflict with both their own moral values and those of the small town in which they live. This intense, tragic film marked the screen debut of Warren Beatty. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Natalie Wood. Academy Awards: Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.

Plot Synopsis:

Set in rural Kansas, "Splendor in the Grass" tells the tragically romantic tale of teenagers Deanie and Bud who repress their desires because of their families' disapproval. Coming from radically different backgrounds -- one wealthy, the other staunchly puritanical -- they allow class differences to prevent any possible union. Their passions exist purely in their hearts and minds, but the couple never physically or socially express this forbidden love. Later in life, Deanie is institutionalized following a breakdown, and she eventually returns home to resolve her feelings about Bud.


Production Notes:

  • Film acting debuts for actor/director/producer Warren Beatty, and actresses Sandy Dennis and Phyllis Diller.
  • In later years, director Elia Kazan remarked that, of all the Actors Studio graduates, Warren Beatty's skills have most surprised him.
  • William Inge wrote this screenplay as a vehicle for Warren Beatty, who had acted in one of his stage plays.
  • Playwright/screenwriter William Inge also appears in the film as the minister.
  • In 1981, this film was remade as a TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert and featuring Michelle Pfeiffer and Ally Sheedy.
  • Shot in Technicolor in upstate New York and Staten Island.
  • Additional cast: Joanna Roos (Mrs. Stamper), Jan Norris (Juanita Howard), Crystal Field (Hazel), Marla Adams (June), Martine Bartlett (Miss Metcalf), Sean Garrison (Glenn).

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 28,461
  • UPC: 883929062454
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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