Splendor in the Grass

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With Beatty (his debut) and Wood star-crossed by parental opposition to their adolescent romance, William Inge's script is a sort of Romeo and Juliet translated to Depression Kansas. Attacked by many as being a hysterical account of sexual neurosis, praised by others for the acting (especially of Wood, as the daughter who goes mad) and for its occasional moments of great beauty, this is probably Kazan's most fought-over movie. 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.

Release details

Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elia Kazan
Screenwriter: William Inge
Cast: Natalie Wood
Warren Beatty
Pat Hingle
Barbara Loden
Sandy Dennis
Audrey Christie
Gary Lockwood
Zohra Lampert
Phyllis Diller

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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sakara

Beatty and Wood are two elderly looking high school kids, who start out being around age 16...! It's not Romeo & Juliet----since Beatty's dumb character keeps on dropping Wood for other girls, instead of fighting to keep her. The movie ends with Beatty and Wood around age 22---as though their lives are over, instead of just beginning!

Michael O'Farrell

This is a timeless film, made memorable by great acting (Beatty and Wood are luminous), superb direction and production values. Pat Hingle's oil baron remains a bit over the top but it's a fascinating performance nevertheless. In some ways this is Kazan's most satisfying film. It's a brilliant tear jerker and and a lasting testament to the incredible beauty and talent of Natalie Wood.

Michael O'Farrell

This is a timeless film, made memorable by great acting (Beatty and Wood are luminous), superb direction and production values. Pat Hingle's oil baron remains a bit over the top but it's a fascinating performance nevertheless. In some ways this is Kazan's most satisfying film. It's a brilliant tear jerker and and a lasting testament to the incredible beauty and talent of Natalie Wood.