Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass is a 1981 American TV movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian. The movie is a remake of the 1961 film of the same name, written by William Inge and starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.


The film begins in 1927-1928 in the pre-Depression era in Kansas when oil is making many landowners wealthy. Deanie Loomis and Bud Stamper are a high school couple. Deenie is a sweet, idealistic girl who idolizes Bud and dreams of marrying him. Her family owns a general store and maintains a middle-class lifestyle, with a few investments in oil. Bud is an athletic, handsome but not academically talented senior whose family is very wealthy from oil investments and pumping on their ranch. Deenie's mother hovers over her and gives her guidance on being "good" in the eyes of society.