Splendor in the Grass (1961)
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as Wilma Dean Loomis
as Bud Stamper
as Ace Stamper
as Mrs. Loomis
as Ginny Stamper
as Del Loomis
as Mrs. Stamper
as Juanita Howard
as Doc Smiley
as Miss Metcalf
as Johnny Masterson
as Johnny Masterson
as Texas Guinan
Critic Reviews for Splendor in the Grass
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.
This romantic sudser is darker than those of its day, as it shockingly deals with matters Hollywood had previously kept under wraps.
Splendor in the Grass is a prestigious, top-of-the-line, sensitively-handled melodramatic literalization of the axiom "If you touch yourself too much, you'll go crazy."
Youth exploitation pictures were all the rage at the time, and while this is better than some in execution and intent, it's still exactly that.
One of Kazan's two or three mastrpieces, this powerful small-town film examines growing pains, respressed sexuality, and social hypocrisy, featuring Warren Beatty, in an astonishing screen debut, and Natalie Wood, at their very best.
Audience Reviews for Splendor in the Grass
A "big" Hollywood movie in its day, represented by dint of extravagant color, large, swelling musical scores, and turgid acting about an "important" issue of the day, in this case: young lust. This can't turn out well and it doesn't (Hollywood was doing all it could to defeat television in those days), but along the way we get Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in their youthful heyday, a decent script by William Inge, and fine character work by the supporting cast.
The definitive bucket of cold water movie about the hormones that swept America. Warren Beatty finds his Stanley Kowalski and Natalie Wood gives one of the essential female performances in American film.
A very well acted film that just ins't my cup of tea.
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