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Splendor in the Grass (10-Oct-1961)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: William Inge

Music Composed and Conducted by: David Amram

Producer: Elia Kazan

Keywords: Drama, Coming of Age

Set in 1928 Kansas, Natalie Wood plays Deanie Loomis, a teenager from a working-class family who dates and falls in love with Bud Stamper, from a wealthy family and destined for Yale. The doomed romance leaves her love unrequited; many things change with the crash of the stock market in 1929. Beatty's first film; brilliant performance by Wood. Won Oscar for Best Story and Screenplay; Natalie Wood received a nomination for Best Actress.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Warren Beatty
30-Mar-1937   Dick Tracy
Audrey Christie
27-Jun-1912 19-Dec-1989 Broadway and TV actress
Sandy Dennis
27-Apr-1937 2-Mar-1992 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Phyllis Diller
17-Jul-1917 20-Aug-2012 The original female stand-up comic
Pat Hingle
19-Jul-1924 3-Jan-2009 Commissioner Gordon in Batman films
Zohra Lampert
13-May-1937   Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Gary Lockwood
21-Feb-1937   Dr. Frank Poole, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Natalie Wood
20-Jul-1938 29-Nov-1981 Rebel Without A Cause


Natalie Wood   ...   Wilma Dean Loomis
Pat Hingle   ...   Ace Stamper
Audrey Christie   ...   Mrs. Loomis
Barbara Loden   ...   Ginny Stamper
Zohra Lampert   ...   Angelina
and introducing
Warren Beatty   ...   Bud Stamper
Fred Stewart   ...   Del Loomis
Joanna Roos   ...   Mrs. Stamper
John McGovern   ...   Doc Smiley
Jan Norris   ...   Juanita Howard
Martine Bartlett   ...   Miss Metcalf
Gary Lockwood   ...   Toots
Sandy Dennis   ...   Kay
Crystal Field   ...   Hazel
Marla Adams   ...   June
Lynn Loring   ...   Carolyn
Phyllis Diller   ...   Texas Guinan
Sean Garrison   ...   Glenn


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Jul-2005)

When this movie came out, I was 17. Later it became such a meaningful, poignant story for me. I had a star-crossed love also. It did not revolve around sex, but another set of circumstances that led to the loss of my (and my only true love's dreams.) I own the movie but can only occasionally watch it. My true love and I parted......both knowing that we would never love another person quite the same. That was more than 30 years ago, and this movie still brings it all back to me. In the words of Wordsworth, "Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind," I find my strength to exist.

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