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Splendor in the Grass

Classics and Drama movie directed by Elia Kazan

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Splendor In The Grass ~ Lust & Insanity

  • Jan 8, 2003
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Pros: beautiful scenery and beautiful people

Cons: ages seemed a little far fetched

The Bottom Line: huh?

It’s a rare treat when I get to watch an oldie like this one and enjoy it, kind of a guilty pleasure. Got a real kick out of the credits which are shown before the viewing - “Introducing Warren Beatty” - well, who knew?

Our main players are sports hero Bud [Warren Beatty], who comes from money. In fact his father is somewhat of a pompous sort, a glad hander. He relents, with stipulations, to let Bud marry ‘his girl’, sweet and adorable Deanie [Natalie Wood], who most definitely does not come from money. In fact I couldn’t say when the last time paint was introduced to the exterior of their home. (Strangely enough she has really nice clothes, but maybe that was just something I picked up on?}

However, this was during the late 20's and ‘nice girls’ didn’t go all the way before they got married. And Deanie is definitely a nice girl, squeaky clean you could say. Bud is torn, he wants to seal his love with Deanie but doesn't want to taint her reputation. That aching devil in his trousers wants gratification so Bud decides to walk on the wild side and drops Deanie, although he says he loves her. Deanie goes just a tad insane.

And all this because of a Walt Whitman poem.

The acting in this production was just this side of too much, but this was an older movie. I’m not going to bother to research the time frames, but I just thought that both Wood and Beatty appeared too old to be high school students. The same applies to Sandy Dennis. They all had to be in their 20's by this time.

In that vein, it also didn’t follow through with their dress and attitudes that this was supposed to be in the 20's. The high schoolers appeared to have more modern day clothing and hair styles, as well as the adults, unless it was a party scene. Then they adopted the ‘flapper’ clothing style and hairdos.

Other interesting features of the movie were the discussion of the Stock Market crash and the ramifications from that, as well as the inbred attitudes of small town people.

Coloration and continuity was acceptable, camera shots were fairly fluid and there was some beautiful scenery in the surrounding areas.

It is most assuredly a movie steeped in teenage angst and heartache. Wouldn’t want to go back to those days at all. Overall it is a good production, well written and acted. Natalie Wood is just incredibly beautiful in this release and Warren Beatty is drop dead gorgeous.



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Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
It makes me cry every time....Splendor in the Grass with a young Warren Beatty, directed by legendary Elia Kazan..Natalie Wood at her best!
review by . April 01, 2009
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Right before the stock market crash, Wilma Dean (Natalie Wood) is caught in the "nice girl" trap in 1928 Kansas, her generation ruled by Victorian mores: nice girls don't do certain things or their reputations will be ruined and they won't be able to get married. Deanie's parents support their daughter in her romance with the wealthy Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty), seeing in him "the opportunity of a lifetime". The sensitive son yearns for Deanie, but his arrogant father (masterfully played by Pat …
review by . October 10, 2003
The quotation from Wordsworth's poem from which William Inge derived the title of his screenplay (for which he received an Academy Award) offers an insight into the tendency of young people to ignore or minimize the importance of certain decisions they make which can have significant long-term impact on their adult lives. This is essentially a sad movie in several respects as Wilma Dean Loomis (Natalie Wood) and Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty) struggle without much success to establish a stable relationship …
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 07/12/2005 Run time: 124 minutes Rating: Nr
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Director: Elia Kazan
Genre: Classics, Drama
Screen Writer: William Inge
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
Runtime: 124 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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