Splendor in the Grass Movie Review Summary

Actors: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Fred Stewart, Barbara Loden

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Based on an Academy award winning screenplay directly written for the screen by William Inge, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS is a movie directed by Elia Kazan in 1961. Natalie Wood also earned a nomination in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.
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The wealthy Warren Beatty and the poor Natalie Wood fall in love in a small town of Kansas. While both teenagers feel that the next step of their relation is to have sex together, their parents are worried and communicate their anxiety to Warren and Natalie. Warren's father, Pat Hingle, wants his son to go to Yale and asks him to wait before thinking of marriage and Natalie's mother harrasses the young girl with moral warnings. Completely stressed, Warren decides to leave Natalie for a while in order to relax with the easy-going Juanita but Natalie is unable to endure this situation and is soon suffering from a terrible nervous breakdown. She will spend two years in a mental institution in order to recover her mental health.
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Script Analysis of Splendor in the Grass

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Midwest Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist Sexing?    -   first sexual experience Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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