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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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Judy's Mother
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Goon
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Steffi Sidney ...
Mil
Marietta Canty ...
Crawford Family Maid
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Stark - Jim's Grandmother
Beverly Long ...
Helen
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Dr. Minton
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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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2.55 : 1
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James Dean did not get malaria during filming, as some have reported. Nick Adams had a relapse of an old case of malaria he got while he was a merchant marine. See more »

Goofs

When Jim goes to turn the car radio off, he turns the volume control, but that radio is turned off by pushing the leftmost pushbutton, which is clearly marked "OFF". 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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Referenced in Akira (1988) See more »

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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Lullaby)
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Music by Johannes Brahms
Hummed by Judy while stroking Plato's hair
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rubbish
15 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

OK, so obviously ppl thought this was a good movie in 1955.

I pity the fools who still think so... Its absolute rubbish.

The story is just ... ridiculous. The characters are absurd caricatures

  • but this film is not meant to satirise, im sure its meant to be a


serious drama isn't it?

Dean and others, are too old for their parts. People say Dean is great in this film, and well, maybe he did play his part as well as he possibly could've. His character is meant to be 16 or 17 or so. But Dean was a 24 year old man when he made this film. Seeing him agonise and throw little tantrums like a 4 year old boy... its pathetic.

Natalie Wood is gorgeous, but the early scenes at the police station where she is crying and whining are very unconvincing. It sets a bad precedent for the film... and for the rest of it, you feel like cringing every time one of these badly acted emotional scenes comes along.

It may've been good for its time, but, really, its drivel.

It must've just been hype about Dean's death that has over-inflated the reputation of this film.


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