Splendor in the Grass

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Splendor in the Grass
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Deanie is a beautiful and sensitive teenager who would do whatever her mother and her 1928 Kansas hometown find proper. Her boyfriend, Bud, has intense desires for Deanie and the two are very much in love. But, sexual pressures in society creates a rift in their relationship. She restrains herself while Bud acts on them, but with another girl. Bud's actions drive Deanie to madness. She is committed into an institution while Bud reluctantly obeys his father and enrolls in Yale. The stock market crash of '29 hits and changes the lives of both their families. Together they learn the harsh lesson of love and life.


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Jun 20, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Released in 1961 - Splendor In The Grass is a heart-wrenching, emotionally-charged, teen, tear-jerker that stars Natalie Wood and introduces Warren Beatty (24 at the time) in his first starring role._____ This is a very effective and almost flawlessly acted story of the intense sexual awakening of two "very-much-in-love" young adults living in a small-minded, straight-laced, Kansas town in the late 1920s._____ Splendor In The Grass is a highly-recommended picture. Its compelling story, as well as its well-drawn characters and superb direction are all nothing short of first-rate, from start to finish._____ Filmed in lush Technicolor, Splendor In The Grass was directed by Elia Kazan whose other notable films include - A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront, and East Of Eden. At the 34th Academy Awards presentations a well-deserved Oscar for "Best Screenplay" went to William Inge.

Jan 24, 2013

A very poignant drama. My fulls thoughts here: http://www.everyeliakazanmovie.blogspot.ca/2013/01/splendor-in-grass-1961.html

Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Good for the family. Well presented.

May 20, 2012
  • richibi rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

a lot of obnoxious people from the '50s, pretending they're in the '20s, dealing inexpertly with teenage female sexuality, not much to learn here

Apr 06, 2011
  • KarenW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Deanie and Bud are in love and want to be together in every way. But in 1920's rural Kansas, they feel compelled to follow the mores of the time as well as their parent's advice and abstain. What happens next leads to Bud's physical collapse and Deanie's mental issues. Almost too full of despair to watch, the ending is perfectly executed and faithful to the tone of the story.

Mar 03, 2011
  • biijouxx rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite guy friends suggested this one to me. He said: "Natalie Wood is just a peach in Splendor in the Grass." True. And Warren Beatty is in good form, too ;)

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