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      Splendor in the Grass

      Released Oct 10, 1961 2 hr. 4 min. Drama List
      74% 27 Reviews Tomatometer 90% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Bud (Warren Beatty) and his high school sweetheart, Deanie (Natalie Wood), are weighed down by their parents' oppressive expectations, which threaten the future of their relationship. Deanie's mother (Audrey Christie) and Bud's father (Pat Hingle) caution their children against engaging in a sexual relationship, but for opposing reasons: Deanie's mother thinks Bud won't marry a girl with loose morals, while Bud's father is afraid of marriage and pregnancy that would ruin Bud's future at Yale. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 16 Buy Now

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      John G With a grand sweep of pre-Depression US history, it tells a moving story of love and tragedy in an age dominated by fundamentalist puritanical Christian beliefs. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/28/24 Full Review Mat L Natalie Wood's electrifying performance more than makes up for Kazan's clumsy direction, and cements her legacy as one of the loveliest and most talented actresses of all time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review erroll f A coming of age drama, starring Warren Beatty in his green debut, and the terrific Natalie, Wood in the academy, award nominated roll. The great Director Elia Kazan provides the steady hand for the acting ensemble. Perhaps not a great movie, but it is a very very good movie about the morals and travails of youth. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/08/23 Full Review vin w Classic and Natalie is incandescent. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/22 Full Review naadhira a Visually beautiful, entertaining as well Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought very good , for many reasons . Including great cast and director Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/05/21 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly With his ripe lips, flirty eyes, and pre-Calvin Klein-era androgynous appeal, the 24-year-old Warren is utterly believable as a boy who drives Natalie Wood plumb insane with sexual frustration in William Inge's overheated melodrama. Rated: B Jun 28, 2019 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Classic of repressed teenage sexuality. Mar 4, 2019 Full Review Variety Staff Variety There is something awkward about the picture's mechanical rhythm. There are missing links and blind alleys within the story. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Louie Robinson Jet Magazine Under the direction of famed Elia Kazan, Natalie Wood turns in a performance that will surprise many moviegoers for its excellence, and Warren Beatty makes his debut as a film actor slightly spectacular. Jan 16, 2024 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Elia Kazan directs Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty to some of their finest performances in Splendor in the Grass. William Inge's Oscar-winning screenplay leaves something more to be desired but the film's cast is able to elevate the script for what it is. Rated: 4/5 Mar 23, 2023 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film We have gotten smart enough to resist the allure of Inge’s pretentious but inane dialogue. Feb 1, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Bud (Warren Beatty) and his high school sweetheart, Deanie (Natalie Wood), are weighed down by their parents' oppressive expectations, which threaten the future of their relationship. Deanie's mother (Audrey Christie) and Bud's father (Pat Hingle) caution their children against engaging in a sexual relationship, but for opposing reasons: Deanie's mother thinks Bud won't marry a girl with loose morals, while Bud's father is afraid of marriage and pregnancy that would ruin Bud's future at Yale.
      Director
      Elia Kazan
      Screenwriter
      William Inge
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      NBI Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 10, 1961, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
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