Splendor in the Grass

Romantic film: Splendor in the Grass
Photograph: Warner Bros.

Time Out says

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

124 mins

Cast and crew

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