Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Critic Consensus: Rebel Without a Cause is a searing melodrama featuring keen insight into '50s juvenile attitude and James Dean's cool, iconic performance.
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as Jim Stark
as Jim's father
as Jim's Mother
as Judy's Mother
as Judy's Father
as Jim's Grandma
as Woman Officer
as Man in last shot
as Old Lady Teacher
as Desk Sergeant
as Police Chief
as Moose's Father Ed
as Crunch's Father
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Critic Reviews for Rebel Without a Cause
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.
There are some excruciating flashes of accuracy and truth in this film.
Audience Reviews for Rebel Without a Cause
While "Rebel Without a Cause" has a very familiar story, with predictable climax's and obvious character arcs, this James Dean film is not one to miss. Embracing all of these well-known story elements and creating a fresh take on this genre is really what this film does best. I will say that the film begins to drag slightly about halfway through, but aside from that, this is a very well-crafted drama that any film fan should love. Moving to a new town with his family, Jim Stark must choose which clique to fit in with, and whom be believes to be the cool crowd, turns out to have much more to hide. Falling in love with a girl from that same group, this film shows how bad can come from good and vice versa. I had a great time watching "Rebel Without a Cause." it is extremely well-written, well-acted, well-directed, and very well-shot. Great film all around.
A fantastic film dealing with teenage angst, 'Rebel Without a Cause' is a classic film that finds James Dean in a superbly classic role.
A film that, in my opinion, has its reputation for a single scene, the one in which Jim Stark (James Dean) pleads with his hen-pecked father, "Stand up for me, Dad." Beautiful colour for its day, and well acted, for the most part, it's undeniably a classic, if unfortunately dated. To Truffaut, American cinema began and ended with Nicholas Ray, but for my money, Truffaut did it better. Kind of like On the Waterfront: subversive and aggressive in its day and a testament to a lot of great talents, but tame by the modern standard. Still, valuable for the way it cracked the veneer on the nuclear family, which was heavily idealized at the time. Watch it as a film history lesson.
Rebel Without a Cause Quotes
|Jim Stark:||You're tearing me apart!|
|Jim Stark:||You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again|
|Jim Stark:||You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again.|
|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|
|Jim's father:||We'll make a list.|
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