Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

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Director: Elia Kazan, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle

Cast: Elia Kazan, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle

     
 

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Though it was hailed at the time as one of the finest films of the 1960s, Splendor in the Grass lost some of its critical glow after the sexual revolution took hold and seemingly made it "old fashioned" overnight. Thankfully, this Warner DVD should revive some of this classic film's reputation with a superb anamorphic widescreen transfer that is equal to Boris

Overview

Though it was hailed at the time as one of the finest films of the 1960s, Splendor in the Grass lost some of its critical glow after the sexual revolution took hold and seemingly made it "old fashioned" overnight. Thankfully, this Warner DVD should revive some of this classic film's reputation with a superb anamorphic widescreen transfer that is equal to Boris Kaufman's lush Technicolor cinematography and Richard Sylbert's brilliant production design. Both of these elements were uncommonly naturalistic and modern at the time of the film's release and neither have dated today. The Dolby Digital 1.0 audio track has been restored as well and lives up to the theatrical version of the film. Surprisingly, the themes of Splendor in the Grass are also much deeper, richer, and more complex than most of today's films that follow young love. It would have been nice for Warner to have included a featurette putting Splendor in the Grass in the context of the time it was made and contrasting it with other movies of that era. Still, there is no faulting Warner for the beautiful restoration job they've done on a classic movie that still stands up on its own.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
As florid and overwrought as the teen scandal it dramatizes, Elia Kazan's lush melodrama may not withstand the test of time very well, but its glamorous histrionics and martyred-lover plot line make it perhaps the quintessential breakup film. Audiences today may have trouble believing that anyone would literally go crazy over losing Warren Beatty to another woman, but Natalie Wood's Wilma does just that, and her eventual tranquility at the insane asylum is hardly the sort of satisfying ending the filmmakers might have intended. But, as with much of the rest of the film, it works on another, more bitterly enjoyable level: the look-what-you've-done-to-me school of Hollywood catharsis (see also Douglas Sirk, Tennessee Williams). Viewed through this prism, the film's earlier half is the most effective, with Audrey Christie supplying the same kind of maternal, puritanical repression Piper Laurie would channel 15 years later for her role in Carrie. Beatty and Wood accurately convey the sort of hormonally induced confusion and angst that most teenagers experience, the former playing the role of the taciturn stud as if he invented it (which, in a way, he did), and the latter turning in perhaps her finest impersonation of a dewy, weepy adolescent (in a career full of them). Her money shot -- in which a post-breakup Wilma interprets the Wordsworth poem that gives the movie its title -- is full of the kind of righteous self-pity that only Splendor in the Grass can provide.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0085391573920
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English and Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Wood Wilma Dean Loomis
Warren Beatty Bud Stamper
Pat Hingle Ace Stamper
Audrey Christie Mrs. Loomis
Barbara Loden Ginny Stamper
Zohra Lampert Angelina
Fred Stewart Del Loomis
Joanna Roos Mrs. Stamper
Jan Norris Juanita Howard
Gary Lockwood Toots
Sandy Dennis Kay
Crystal Field Hazel
Marla Adams June
Lynn Loring Carolyn
John McGovern Doc Smiley
Martine Bartlett Miss Metcalf
Sean Garrison Glenn
Jake LaMotta Waiter
Phoebe Mackay Maid
Charles Knox Robinson Johnny Masterson
Phyllis Diller Texas Guinan
William Inge Minister

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director,Producer
David Amram Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Callahan Set Decoration/Design
William Inge Screenwriter
Robert Jiras Makeup
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Gene Milford Editor
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
George Tapps Choreography

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [1:30]
2. Raging falls and passions. [1:20]
3. What nice girls should feel. [5:56]
4. Bud's future. [3:57]
5. No real nourishment. [2:13]
6. On a pedestal. [4:51]
7. Girls like Juanita. [1:20]
8. Boy crazy. [6:27]
9. Bud's choice. [5:39]
10. Double date. [4:28]
11. "One of these days you'll find out." [3:23]
12. New Year's Eve. [8:58]
13. "Make him well." [4:09]
14. Doc Smiley. [3:02]
15. Wordsworth. [5:15]
16. Toots' chance. [1:22]
17. Good little girl. [4:44]
18. Graduation dance. [4:51]
19. No longer nice. [3:49]
20. Despair at the falls. [3:16]
21. "Somebody was here." [3:36]
22. Yale; Angelina. [3:43]
23. Family visit. [7:32]
24. Bad news from Wall Street. [1:41]
25. Not a very good listener. [2:46]
26. The nightclub. [1:36]
27. "Anything you want." [3:04]
28. Stamper's plunge. [2:06]
29. Departure day. [2:32]
30. Home from the hospital. [3:26]
31. Mrs. Loomis' last grasp. [2:43]
32. Bittersweet reunion. [4:41]
33. No thought of happiness. [2:50]
34. Wordsworth redux. [:45]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [1:30]
2. Raging falls and passions. [1:20]
3. What nice girls should feel. [5:56]
4. Bud's future. [3:57]
5. No real nourishment. [2:13]
6. On a pedestal. [4:51]
7. Girls like Juanita. [1:20]
8. Boy crazy. [6:27]
9. Bud's choice. [5:39]
10. Double date. [4:28]
11. "One of these days you'll find out." [3:23]
12. New Year's Eve. [8:58]
13. "Make him well." [4:09]
14. Doc Smiley. [3:02]
15. Wordsworth. [5:15]
16. Toots' chance. [1:22]
17. Good little girl. [4:44]
18. Graduation dance. [4:51]
19. No longer nice. [3:49]
20. Despair at the falls. [3:16]
21. "Somebody was here." [3:36]
22. Yale; Angelina. [3:43]
23. Family visit. [7:32]
24. Bad news from Wall Street. [1:41]
25. Not a very good listener. [2:46]
26. The nightclub. [1:36]
27. "Anything you want." [3:04]
28. Stamper's plunge. [2:06]
29. Departure day. [2:32]
30. Home from the hospital. [3:26]
31. Mrs. Loomis' last grasp. [2:43]
32. Bittersweet reunion. [4:41]
33. No thought of happiness. [2:50]
34. Wordsworth redux. [:51]

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Splendor in the Grass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
metfan More than 1 year ago
Love drives two high school sweethearts to madness and disaster in this classic coming-of-age drama.William Inge's powerful story is vividly brought to life by producer-director Elia Kazan and his brilliant crew. Paul Sylbert's beautiful sets, Anna Hill Johnstone's lovely period costumes,Boris Kaufman's gorgeous photography,and David Amram's terrific score are outstanding.But the movie's best asset is its marvelous performances.Natalie Wood gives what is by far her best performance,and Warren Beatty makes an astonishing debut.They are excellently backed by a strong supporting cast.One of the best films of the Sixties,and still one of the best of its kind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie I was probably 13 yrs. old. I have loved it ever sense. Every teenage girl should see this movie. It's a classic!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is my favorite movie. I have to watch it over and over again cause its so great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago