Splendor in the Grass Overview:

Splendor in the Grass (1961) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Elia Kazan, Charles H. Maguire and William Inge.


This tale of repressed sexuality leading to emotional turmoil marked the screen debut of Beatty, in a role Inge wrote for the young actor after he starred in his play A Loss of Roses on Broadway. Beatty portrays a rich mid-western boy in the '20s whose passion for a gorgeous, simmering Wood remains unconsummated as a result of their parents' dominance. Disasters befall both, and neither finds again the romantic love that they found with each other in the golden days of youth. This was also Dennis's debut.

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Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressNatalie WoodNominated
Best WritingWilliam IngeWon

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Splendor in the Grass (1961): Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 2, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Like William Inge’s earlier piece, Picnic, or some of Tennessee Williams’ most substantial work, Splendor in the Grass seems to hinge on the fact its content is in some way pushing the envelope as far as social issues and subsequent taboos go. It’s no surprise Elia Kazan was often ... Read full article

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

By Beatrice on Jul 4, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Splendor in the Grass? Directed by Elia Kazan Written by William Inge 1961/USA Warner Bros./Newtown Productions First viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Elia Kazan makes both doomed young love and small-town Kansas look absolutely beautiful. Deanie (Natalie Wood... Read full article

Ticklish Business: Splendor in the Grass (1961)

on Nov 28, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Ticklish Business returns, honoring TCM’s Star of the Month Natalie Wood. Guest Diana Bosch and I talk about Wood’s transition from child to adult in 1961’s Splendor in the Grass. I also read some of your favorite Natalie Wood movies. Feel free to leave a review on iTunes! If you h... Read full article

The Green, Green Grass of Sexual Frustration – A Quickie Review of Splendor In The Grass (1961)

By Michael on Mar 20, 2015 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Okay, I admit it, like most teenagers I wet through my share of angst and sexual frustration, but damn, have these kids got it bad. Wait, did I say teenagers? Yeah, I did. And honestly, that’s one of this movies biggest problems. At the time this movie was made, both Warren Beatty (making his ... Read full article

Splendor in the Grass

By RBuccicone on May 16, 2012 From MacGuffin Movies

Splendor in the Grass (1961) ???? I watched Elia Kazan‘s Splendor in the Grass?last weekend and have not been able to stop thinking about it since. I find with any era of movies, the ones you keep talking about or mulling over?hours and days later are the ones that will find their place in mov... Read full article

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Quotes from

[first lines]
Wilma Dean: Bud...
Bud: Deanie, please...
Wilma Dean: Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
Bud: Deanie...
Wilma Dean: No... we mustn't, Bud... no... no...
[he gets out of the car]
Wilma Dean: Bud, don't be mad.
Bud: I better take you home.

Wilma Dean: No, mom! I'm not spoiled! I'm not spoiled mom! I'm just as fresh and virginal like the day I was born, mom!

Wilma Dean: My pride? My pride? I don't want my pride!

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Facts about

In the bath scene, Natalie Wood's wrist is very briefly revealed. She normally always wore a bulky bracelet or long sleeves to hide the protrusion of a bone in her wrist which she thought to be an ugly anomaly.
Depicts the first French kiss in a Hollywood film.
The nightclub owner played by Phyllis Diller is Texas Guinan, a real-life New York nightclub owner of the 1920's. "Hello, suckers!" was her standard nightly greeting to her nightclub patrons.
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