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Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Cast: Natalie Wood, Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, more...
Director: Elia Kazan, Elia Kazan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Classics, Drama, Romance, Classic Romance, Classic Drama, Coming of Age , Weepies
Running Time: 124 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Synopsis
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. Trying their best to keep their relationship from going "all the way," Beatty and Wood go through a series of unsatisfying interim romances. The troubled Wood attempts suicide and is sent to a mental institution, while Beatty impregnates freewheeling waitress Zohra Lampert. Wood and Beatty still carry a torch for one another, but circumstances preclude their getting together -- and besides, Wood suddenly realizes that she's outgrown the still-floundering Beatty. Scriptwriter William Inge shows up as a minister in Splendor in the Grass, while comedienne Phyllis Diller does a cameo as famed nightclub entertainer Texas Guinan; also, keep an eye out for Sandy Dennis, making her first movie appearance. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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