Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his appearance-conscious parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran) to move from one town to another. The film's tormented central characters are all introduced during a single night-court session, presided over by well-meaning social worker Ray (Edward Platt). Jimmy, arrested on
Oct 27, 1955 Wide
Jan 22, 2002
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Here is a fairly exciting, suspenseful and provocative, if also occasionally far-fetched, melodrama of unhappy youth on another delinquency kick.
Dean's finest film, hardly surprisingly in that Ray was one of the great '50s directors.
Like its hero, Rebel Without a Cause desperately wants to say something and doesn't know what it is. If it did know, it would lose its fascination.
An indelible vision of a pretty 1950s America with a searing crack in it.
Nicholas Ray's 1955 film extends sympathy to all its characters, not just the kids, though the central trio of Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo focus our emotions.
A superb study of teenage angst that still retains its power despite the number of inferior rip-offs that followed in its wake.
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Fine generational drama-tragedy which helped give James Dean movie immortality.
For all its faults this is still the teen angst melodrama to end them all, and Dean's performance established him as an icon, a legend and a myth.
In this powerful study of juvenile violence, Dean is riveting as a teenager groping for love from a society he finds alien and oppressive.
If ever a film was haunted, it's "Rebel Without a Cause," which burns as a bright memorial for stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
Under Ray's dissecting eye, the suburban home itself becomes a battleground where parent and child must scream over each other to be heard
A fine script, dynamic direction, doomed romantic idealism and telling performances make this the most timeless of Ray's gripping, socially aware dramas.
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- Jim Stark: If I had one day when I didn't have to be all confused and I didn't have to feel that I was ashamed of everything. If I felt that I belonged someplace. You know?
- Jim Stark: I don't know what to do anymore. Except maybe die.
- Jim's father: We'll make a list.
- Judy: What kind of a person do you think a girl wants?
- Jim Stark: A man.
- Judy: But a man who can be gentle and sweet.
- Jim's father: Watch out about choosing your pals. You know what I mean? Don't let 'em choose you.
- Jim Stark: You're tearing me apart!
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