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Splendor in the Grass

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Original title
Splendor in the Grass
Running time
124 min.
United States United States
William Inge
David Amram
Boris Kaufman
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Warner Bros.
Romance. Drama | 1920s. 1930s. The Great Depression. Romantic Drama. Melodrama. Small Town Life (North-american)
Synopsis / Plot
Set in rural Kansas, "Splendor in the Grass" tells the tragically romantic tale of teenagers Deanie and Bud who repress their desires because of their families' disapproval. Coming from radically different backgrounds -- one wealthy, the other staunchly puritanical -- they allow class differences to prevent any possible union. Their passions exist purely in their hearts and minds, but the couple never physically or socially express this forbidden love. Later in life, Deanie is institutionalized following a breakdown, and she eventually returns home to resolve her feelings about Bud.
1961: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 2 Nominations
1961: Golden Globes: Most Promising Newcomer - Male (Beatty). 4 Nominations
1961: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1962: BAFTA Awards: Nominated to Best Foreign Actress (Natalie Wood)
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