Splendor in the Grass

Synopsis: It's 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are "good" kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. They also face pressures from their parents who have their own expectation for their offspring. Bud's overbearing father, Ace Stamper, the local oil baron, does not believe Bud can do wrong and expects him to go to Yale after graduation, which does not fit within Bud's own expectations for himself. And the money and image conscious Mrs. Loomis just wants
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

I've known her folks ever since

old Del and I were boys together.

I got nothing against them

'cause they're poor.

I'm not a snob or anything like that.

The only difference between me and Del

is that I got ambition.

Hey, Dad, I-

But if anything was to happen,

you'd have to marry her.

You'd have to marry her, Son.

You realize that, don't you?

You get a girl in trouble

and you gotta take the consequences.

- Dad, I'm not-

- Sit down.

- I want to talk to you-

- Sit down.

- I want to talk to you about that.

- All right.

All right, lay it on me. Come on.

Lay it on me. That a boy.

There we go, lay it on me.

Lay it on now. Lick like a bear.

We got a future, boy.

You and me, we got a future.

First, we'll get you an education.

The best. Four years at Yale.

Did I tell you a secret?

- I'll tell you a secret.

- What?

Come here.

My company is gonna merge

with one of those big Eastern companies.

I'm gonna put you in there, boy.

I'm lining up a future for you, boy.

I've been thinking about-

There ain't nothing in this world

that I wouldn't do for you, boy.

I know.

There's nothing I wouldn't do

if you do right.

If you do right, Bud!.

Now, don't disappoint me, Son.

Don't disappoint me, boy.

God knows I've had

one disappointment already.

- She asleep?

- Yes, finally.

- Is Sis back?

- Hello, Bud, darling.

Mother brought her home

from Chicago a little while ago.

Welcome home, Mom.

It was a miserable trip, just miserable.

How's Deanie?

I don't know.

I'm gonna go to bed, Dad.

I'm going to bed, too,

but I'm afraid I won't sleep a wink.

Yeah, you go to bed, Son.

You got a football game to win tomorrow.

I got all my hopes pinned on you now.

How're you men getting on in there?

Well, you certainly spoiled that girl.

First you send her off to finishing school.

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William Inge

William Motter Inge (; May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions, including Picnic, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. With his portraits of small-town life and settings rooted in the American heartland, Inge became known as the "Playwright of the Midwest." more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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