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Rebel Without A Cause [VHS]

James Dean , Natalie Wood , Nicholas Ray    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Writers: Nicholas Ray, Irving Shulman, Stewart Stern
  • Producers: David Weisbart
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 6 July 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQML
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

When people think of James Dean, they probably think first of the troubled teen from Rebel Without a Cause: nervous, volatile, soulful, a kid lost in a world that does not understand him. Made between his only other starring roles, in East of Eden and Giant, Rebel sums up the jangly, alienated image of Dean, but also happens to be one of the key films of the 1950s. Director Nicholas Ray takes a strikingly sympathetic look at the teenagers standing outside the white-picket-fence '50s dream of America: juvenile delinquent (that's what they called them then) Jim Stark (Dean), fast girl Judy (Natalie Wood), lost boy Plato (Sal Mineo), slick hot-rodder Buzz (Corey Allen). At the time, it was unusual for a movie to endorse the point of view of teenagers, but Ray and screenwriter Stewart Stern captured the youthful angst that was erupting at the same time in rock & roll. Dean is heartbreaking, following the method acting style of Marlon Brando but staking out a nakedly emotional honesty of his own. Going too fast, in every way, he was killed in a car crash on September 30, 1955, a month before Rebel opened. He was no longer an actor, but an icon, and Rebel is a lasting monument. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

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Nicholas Ray's juvenile-delinquent film (originally a vehicle for Marlon Brando) opened after the death of its star James Dean in a car crash and made Dean into an icon of rebellion. The storyline takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Jim Stark (Dean), a restless teenager always in trouble with the law. His mother smothers him, while his father is weak and ineffectual and the family has only recently moved to Los Angeles to try and save Jim from a life of crime. However, when Jim is picked up for being drunk and disorderly he notices Judy (Natalie Wood) at the police station and determines to ask her on a date at high school the next day. This leads him into conflict with Judy's boyfriend, Buzz (Corey Allen). He is determined to prove himself with his new found 'friends' by taking part in switchblade fights and a 'chickie' game where cars race to the edge of a seaside cliff.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic James Dean 16 Oct 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The unique charisma and talent of James Dean make Rebel Without A Cause an absolute must-see for all film buffs. Dean stars as Jim, a lonely and misunderstood teenager whose trouble-making has forced his family to move to a new neighborhood. On his first day, Jim alienates a gang of boys, gets a girlfriend (Natalie Wood), befriends a neurotic outcast (Sal Mineo), and takes part in a "chicky-run" over a cliff.
Every minute of this film has become beloved by its fans, thanks to Dean, who owned the screen in his famous white tee shirt, red jacket, and jeans. 50s teens thought Dean spoke for them and they idolized him. He still deserves his icon status, because of the unforgettable character he created. When he cried to his parents, "You're tearing me apart!" you believed it was real. He was the epitome of the cool rebel.
Almost fifty years later, the character created by James Dean still rings true. They say a thing of beauty is a joy forever. That applies both to James Dean and this movie. A must-see classic film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nobody talks to children, they just tell them.. 22 Mar 2007
By thom
due to being released shortly after dean's death, this films success was virtually guaranteed and it certainly does not disappoint.

Dean's performance is utterly captivating, not forgetting great supporting roles from Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. The plot and script are perfect, and feature so many memorable scenes and locations- the knife fight, the 'chickee run', the abandoned house, and the final sequence to name just a few.

a film i can relate to and never get tired of viewing, Rebel without a cause remains one of my favourite films.. sheer quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well I suppose 22 Aug 2013
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it was something in its day, lost some of its mystique now I think... maybe a re make could do it justice and revive it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a buy 2 Jun 2011
By George
The DVD was cheap, P&P was next to nothing so for a low price i got the film and a bonous DVD with 2 i think documentarys and screen and wardrobe test which was interesting, so yeah a good buy. i recommend for many DVD Collection
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cause for concern 5 Jan 2011
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Having come to this legendary/cult movie rather late, I was eager to see whether it lived up to the hype. Fortunately I found that it did - James Dean really is coolness personified and the scene where he is compelled to play chicken on the edge of a cliff is pure theatre.
Of course, there are stylistic aspects of the film which are horribly dated, however the movie somehow transcends these flaws and the result is a heady mix of thrills, teen angst, and Fifties chic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless account of the 'new' young person 1 Aug 2009
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The film that made James Dean an icon. Centered around his character, Jim, the story shadows how the troubled teenager feel's he can do no right as he mixes with the wrong 'friends', meet's Catch 22 situations, and faces a wrath of danger as his world is seemingly fighting back at him from all corners. Confiding with Judy (Natalie Wood), and looking after a young boy named Plato, the three bond briefly as a small unit, rebelling against the conventional nature of being a 'teen' and learning to love one-another.

From start to finish, the film is flawless in its depiction of confusion and insecurity. More importantly, it provides some answers as to why teenagers suffered these symptoms, and the cost of making choices for the benefit of others, only to realise that you will always lose and never gain. For me, the best scene in the film see's Jim and Judy lying on a bed in the abandoned Mansion. Judy asks what Jim thinks a girl looks for in a guy. While he suggests "a man", she corrects him buy saying all they want is someone sincere and gentle. This is such a fantastic observation on the confusion as to what it takes to be accepted by the other sex, and the requirements each felt were needed in order to be liked.

Given that this was released in 1955, Rebel was a truly ambitious feat in that centered from the teenagers point of view with a brutal nature rather than looking down on them as 'juvenile delinquents'. What's more, it makes the viewer sympathetic for the main characters - Jim, Judy and Plato, without once stopping to understand why. The film is more ever more important now for learning that while the 'teenager' has changed at face value since the films release, they still remain the same, insecure person inside.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is never out of date 3 Dec 2004
Having a visual insight into a culture at a particular point in time is an excellent way of understanding what was happening. This film, because of the iconic status of James Dean, does just this. The film gives an informed view of the changing nature of families and young people in the 1950s. It expresses the desire of young people to change society without them knowing what they wanted the new society to be like, but recognising that a new order needed to be established. This film signals the development of Youth Culture as a force of change and gives an insight into the changing relationships within families that were being experienced at the time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Dean, the rebel of his era! 1 Jan 2001
On of the best movies out of the fifties. What a pity that he had to die that young. The movie itself makes my eyes watery whenever I watch it. I believe that many youngsters find themselves in the person Jimmy plays. A must see for all generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Malcolm Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic.
Still a great film, with a def7ning performance by Dean. For real movie buffs, look out for the old house that Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo go to. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Graeme Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars ... than the young Mr Dean but it's not just great because he's in it
Can't get more iconic than the young Mr Dean but it's not just great because he's in it. I love this film.
Published 18 days ago by Deborah Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Dean
Published 3 months ago by Geoffrey Silkstone
3.0 out of 5 stars Film didnt live up to its hype
DVD of good quality just didnt like the film, thought it was weak in plot and i found Dean irritating
Published 3 months ago by Apollo13
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but kind of oldy.
Watched this film because it was voted one of empires 500 greatest films. I thought the general story line was easy to follow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Juddz444
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still iconic
It's some forty years since I last saw this film and during that time I have seen many modern films exploring the same issues therefore this is really dated having been made in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scoobiestu
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Without a Cause [1956] [Special Limited Edition DigiBook]...
Rebel Without a Cause [1956] [Special Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] More than half a century after its original release, Rebel Without A Cause remains one of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars James Dean
Such a shame James Dean was killed before his full potential was realised. He made this brooding character so believable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gillian5859
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless BluRay restoration
Brilliant restoration of an iconic Hollywood classic. This edition is also superbly packaged and supplemented. Well done Warner Bros... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mr_madiba
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