Splendor in the Grass
Splendor in the Grass (1961)

1961's premiere "date" movie represented the screen debut of Warren Beatty. Set in the 1920s, William Inge's screenplay concerns the superheated romance between working-class high schooler Natalie Wood and rich kid Beatty.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 10, 1961
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Time Out

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.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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."

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a sometimes-devastating portrait of youth culture on the brink

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This romantic sudser is darker than those of its day, as it shockingly deals with matters Hollywood had previously kept under wraps.

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TV Guide

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.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Probably Wood's finest hour

David Cornelius

A smug sneer toward all the squares.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Splendor in the Grass (1961) is another of director Elia Kazan's dramatic, hyperbolic films with daring and controversial content for its times - sexual repression

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A "big" Hollywood movie in its day, represented by dint of extravagant color, large, swelling musical scores, and turgid acting about an… More
Jim Hunter
If there is a heaven, it simply must involve being loved by Natalie Wood. I have only seen <i>Rebel Without a Cause</i>, but after this incredible,… More
Matheus Carvalho
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… More
Aj V
This movie was directed by a great director and has a great cast. Wood and Beatty give fantastic performances. The story is both realistic and intensely… More
Ken Stachnik
A very well acted film that just ins't my cup of tea.
Conner Rainwater
While this is certainly overacted and over-dramatic at times, this is truly a work of genius in the genre of teenage love. Elia Kazan created the high school… More