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.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Drama,Romance
- Run Time: 124min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 03/28/2004
- DVD Release Date: 03/13/2001
- Distributor(s): Warner Bros.
- Themes: Romantic Betrayal,Sexual Awakening,Teen Angst
- Tone: Bittersweet,Melancholy,Passionate,Sexual,Tense
death, debt, fear, frustration, high-school, marriage, promiscuity, release, repression, suicide, break-up [romantic], coming-of-age, craziness, love, moral-conflict, platonic, romance, small-town, teenagers
- Language: English