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Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Natalie Wood , Warren Beatty , Elia Kazan  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Writers: William Inge
  • Producers: Elia Kazan, Charles H. Maguire, William Inge
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ND7B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Splendor in the Grass" on IMDb

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Warren Beatty (in his film debut) and Natalie Wood portray young lovers in the 1920s Midwest, whose inner struggles to retain a pure and virtuous love for one another lead them only to destructive ends. Written for the screen by William Inge (who can be seen as the town minister), the popular drama co-stars Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie; directed by Elia Kazan. 124 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailer.

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle-aged stars outshine glamorous leads December 6, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The plot of Splendor in the Grass revolves around the fateful love between two teens, Bud and Deanie, in late 20s Kansas. Seemingly destined to be together, they are thwarted by repressive sexual mores and their overbearing parents. Deanie suffers a nervous breakdown over their separation and Bud winds up a failure at Yale, eventually becoming a dirt farmer. This occurs against a backdrop of 20s financial speculation, culminating in the stock market crash and depression. Beatty is adequate as Bud, while Natalie Wood gives a deeply sensitive portrayal as Deanie. However, both principals are upstaged by the actors portraying their dominant parents. Pat Hingle, always excellent, plays Bud's wealthy father, a crude oil man. Audrey Christie is Deanie's mother, constantly vigilant about her daughter's purity. Both manage the difficult task of portraying sincerely loving parents who nevertheless have a baneful influence on their children's lives. I'd also like to put in a good word for Fred Stewart playing Del Loomis, Deanie's father. His role as the small town grocer is small, but he does subtle wonders in a scene at the end of the movie where he overrules his wife's objection to Deanie's seeing Bud again. One wants to weep at his paternal love. If the film's diatribe against sexual repression is no longer fresh, its depiction of the banality of smalltown life remains so. This is skillfully shown in the second scene, where the Loomises' frame house is shown behind a large graphic reading "Southeast Kansas 1928." By vaguely mentioning the story's setting, rather than specifying a town, the director, Kazan, emphasizes the generic quality of the setting and makes it more insignificant and insipid. Read more ›
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!! July 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Ok, I'm only 25, I'm a Black Male who loves Hip Hop and all of that. Well, I saw this film by "accident" on AMC when I was flipping channels one night. The only reason I started watching it was because it had Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, and I thought it would be "funny" to see them when they were young.
What I got instead was an AMAZING film about 2 high school sweethearts who are hopelessly in love during a time when society dictated who (and HOW) you were allowed to love someone.
In many ways this has not changed, as a Black man who has been in love with a white women, I can easily identify with this film.
During the 1920's in a small town in Kansas, Deanie (Natalie Wood) is in love with Bud (Beatty). He wants to go all the way, but she's been taught that only "bad" girls do that, and no real man would ever respect if she did. So she holds off, and Bud eventually sleeps with the school "flapper girl". Deanie can not stand this, and eventually falls into depression, soon to be followed by Bud. Both of them have realized the mistake they made and need to get back together. Unfortunately the wheels of fortune are already in motion, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. Frankly, I was not prepared for how emotional this film would be, or for how amazing the performance were. Now I understand all the hype that Natalie Wood has received over the years, her performance in this movie is truly heart-breaking. Everyone should watch this movie and LEARN from it - when you fall in love with someone, there is a reason for it, and you should NEVER let others dictate your feelings or emotions for you.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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In the same way he was able to extract a searing performance from Andy Griffith in 1957's A Face in the Crowd, master director Elia Kazan gets similarly stellar results from Natalie Wood in this classic 1961 melodrama about youthful sexual repression in rural 1920's Kansas. In the same year as her Maria in West Side Story, she has never been more affecting then she is here as Deanie Loomis, the local butcher's daughter deeply in love with Bud Stamper, the son of an oil scion and the high school football hero. They are the senior sweethearts everyone expects to marry, but both have to battle constantly with their sexual longing and their grasping parents.

The ruling moral code restricts Deanie more than Bud who ends up cavorting with a good-time girl named Juanita. The indiscretion overwhelms Deanie who attempts suicide and ends up in a sanitarium for her fragile mental state. A few years later with their lives on divergent paths, they meet again to come to terms with each other. While the whole film is beautifully executed thanks to Kazan's sure hand and William Inge's screenplay (his first directly for the screen), it's the last fifteen minutes that really resonate with the characters expressing their emotions with a minimum of dialogue. Otherwise, there are plenty of heated moments of melodrama along with soap opera elements familiar to anyone who has seen 1955's Picnic based on Inge's successful Broadway play.

At her most beautiful, Wood is wondrous as she moves fluidly from innocently infatuated to obsessive to resigned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars movie
the movie was great but I bought 10 5000000000000 zimbabwae notes on the 9th and you say it will not come in until may1 or the 20th. this is crazy for it to take so long! Read more
Published 8 days ago by ronnie yarbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie from 1961
I bought this movie for a friend, I already had my own copy. I saw it in the theater in 1961. Obviously I enjoyed it as I have bought a couple copies of it now.
Published 14 days ago by Tribe Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Young love gone awry
Good for teens, although some say Wood's performance is too dramatic. It's interesting to see Beattie's performance which I think is also good. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Susan Dawson
1.0 out of 5 stars prob a good movie BUT,....
I was not able to watch it. At first it would not play THEN when it did it only lasted a few mins. By the time I was able to get it to work the next day the time frame had expired.
Published 1 month ago by Adele W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I saw this movie in the theater many years ago. I wanted to see it again. It was interesting, but also rather depressing.
Published 1 month ago by bornagain57
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved...
this film. It is a film with depth to it, there is no "fluff" here, just a wonderful, quality film. It has always been a favorite of mine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gayle Caddell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All-Time Favorites
It is a favorite of mine. Read the book or watch the movie, and I assure you that you will also like it.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic bittersweet movie.
Our favorite movie. We watch it every Valentine's Day. A fantastic cast, Natalie Wood is not only beautiful but great.
Published 2 months ago by J. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good Movie
This is a classic, our culture is still experiencing some of the same issues in this movie, but they have different labels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jacqueline felix
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendor in the Grass
This is an old movie which I had never seen. I think it was very well done- Natalie Wood was excellent in her roll. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn J. Williams
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