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Rebel Without a Cause

USA, English, 111 mins

  • Director: Nicholas Ray
  • Writer: Stewart Stern; Irving Shulman
  • Producer: David Weisbart

CGiii Comment

Modern filmmakers should take at look at this - the quintessential teen-angst film.

The subtext may not be so subtle now - but, back in the 50s, it certainly shook the pants of those who caught on.

It is a genuine classic - it retains all the magic it had back then...and, no-one has made anything that can compare.

Quite remarkable Mr Ray - remarkable.


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Jim Stark is the new kid in town. He has been in trouble elsewhere; that's why his family has had to move before. Here he hopes to find the love he doesn't get from his middle-class family. Though he finds some of this in his relation with Judy, and a form of it in both Plato's adulation and Ray's real concern for him, Jim must still prove himself to his peers in switchblade knife fights and "chickie" games in which cars race toward a seaside cliff.

Cast & Characters

James Dean as Jim Stark;
Natalie Wood as Judy;
Sal Mineo as John 'Plato' Crawford;
Jim Backus as Frank Stark;
Ann Doran as Mrs. Carol Stark;
Corey Allen as Buzz Gunderson;
William Hopper as Judy's Father;
Rochelle Hudson as Judy's Mother;
Dennis Hopper as Goon;
Edward Platt as Ray Fremick;
Steffi Sidney as Mil;
Marietta Canty as Crawford Family Maid;
Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Stark - Jim's Grandmother;
Beverly Long as Helen;
Ian Wolfe as Dr. Minton - Lecturer at Planetarium

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