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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 October 1955 (USA)
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

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Mrs. Stark - Jim's Grandmother
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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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The overnight sensation of 'East of Eden' becomes the star of the year! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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29 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Rebelde sin causa  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Nicholas Ray claimed that he wanted the film to work beyond the juvenile delinquency newspaper headlines and films of the day, like The Wild One (1953). Instead, Ray strove for a classical tone, and claimed Romeo and Juliet as inspiration, "the best play written about 'juvenile delinquents.'" Ray said. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy puts his left hand through the window, but it's a right hand that turns the radio knob. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First police officer: Get up, get up. Mixed up in that beating on 12th street, huh?
Second police officer: No. Plain drunkenness.
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Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Glory Daze (1992) See more »

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I'll String Along with You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the car radio when Jim pulls up to Judy
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Greatest movie of 1950's
19 December 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

James Dean is an unbelievable actor. Basically his whole career consists of only three movies he acted in just right before his tragic death. Yet still, almost 50 years later people recognize his name and face. He's an icon of the 1950's and in the same line with Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley. That's simply miraculous, movie history knows no other example of anything like it. I personally consider Jimmy as one of my favorite actors too. Of course he is a sensational talent and maybe it's partly because he really had only three big performances so no one ever saw him actually doing something wrong, choosing a bad role or whatever. I personally think that James Dean would have been nearly as big if "Rebel without a cause" was his only movie. His devoted, stylish and touching larger-than-life performance as Jim Stark is just startling experience to watch. Legendary "Rebel without a cause" is a timeless drama and in many ways it's far from being old fashioned. It's moving, beautiful and incredibly impressive, the best movie of its decade and one of the best movies ever made. Period. 10/10.


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