Rebel Without a Cause 1955

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(48) IMDb 7.8/10

A rebellious teen, Jim Stark, with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Starring:
James Dean,Natalie Wood
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Nicholas Ray
Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood
Supporting actors Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, William Hopper
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By thom on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 5 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 7 April 2012
Format: DVD
n one of cinemas most influential, and gripping, roles, James Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of most postwar teens - and reverberates more than 40 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim's girlfriend Judy) and Sal Mineo (in his screen début as Jim's tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award nominees for their achingly true performances.Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar nominee for this landmark film chosen as one of the Top-100 American Films by the American Film Institute.
the story
Jim Stark's family has just moved to the suburbs of Los Angeles. He meets Plato, and Judy, whom he likes. He somehow gets mixed up with some tough guys who talk him into participating in their "Chicken run", which involves driving cars towards the edge of a cliff. One of the other boys accidentally dies, and he was Judy's boyfriend. So, Jim, Judy and Plato are forced to hide in an old abandoned mansion to hid from the police and the friends of Judy's boyfriend, who believe that Jim ratted on them to the cops....
WHAT CAN I SAY?..
this is one of this films Just so far ahead of its time.
James Dean plays a teenage loner who involves himself in knife fights and road races
HE PLAY IT IN A WAY THAT Created An Icon For A Generation Adrift, while ray's gripping direction created a timeless tale of teenage disaffection also giving great performances are Natalie wood and sal mineo and look out for the late great Dennis hopper in one of his early roles brilliant.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
In this film James Dean is quite convincing as an actor and his part is perfect. A difficult part in that trinity of J, Jim (for James), Judy and John, in one letter Jesus three times and one of the three will have to be sacrificed, crucified in a way, falling right upon a random police bullet when unarmed.

Just such a concentrate of the film shows how ridiculous the world was in 1955. The war was over and the horror of before, during and after was so bleak that the whole world was stoned into full paralytic dullness by the holocaust, the genocide, the fifty million victims and the huge destruction of goods and infrastructures but also of morals and ethics and plain human decency. No surprise that John had Plato as a middle name. The philosophy we could have then was nothing but the good thinking of an elite in a society where 80% of the people were slaves, like in Athens.

In a world like that what is left for the young?

The question is actually slightly premature in a way since these high school teenagers in the early 1950s had experienced the war. They had the horror of the end of that war and they had nothing to thrill them into believing there was some kind of future worth living. No allusion is done to it but there is nothing but the Cold War to enthuse these young people. With that kind of perspective there is not much any one can do to motivate them. We can even wonder if the world exists for these young people in this film.

The parents are dead war heroes, or plain absent.
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