In 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 debut as Jim's tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award nominees for their achingly true performances.
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'Re-discovering A Rebel'
WB Presents: Behind the Cameras - James Dean, Natalie Wood, Jim Backus
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Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb, Author of The Making of 'Rebel Without a Cause'
New 50th-Anniversary Documentary 'Rebel Without a Cause': Defiant Innocents
Vintage Documentary James Dean Remembered
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New: 3 Segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV Series including Dean's Famous 'Drive Safely' Commercial TV Spot
A great loss to cinema
- Rebel Without a Cause review by VS
I believe that this was the first of James Dean's 3 major roles in Hollywood films before his very untimely death. It was certainly interesting to watch his performance, but the film has dated rather badly. The parents are stock characters straight out of central casting as is Dean's friend rendered unstable by a neglectful mother. Of course, parents who can't manage to communicate with their teenage children remains a hardy perennial in films. The difference is that we have become used to more nuances and complexities. So I'd recommend this film to either a student of cinema (and "method" acting) or to someone of my age groups who is looking back to her own teens.