Rebel Without a Cause

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Synopsis

The landmark teen film that solidified Dean's image with the public follows the story of rebellious middle-class teens, disenfranchised with their parents, and given to a life of thuggery and deadly dangerous drag racing to win over women.

Cast

  • James Dean
  • Natalie Wood
  • Sal Mineo
  • Jim Backus
  • Ann Doran
  • Corey Allen
  • William Hopper
  • Rochelle Hudson
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Edward Platt

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • There's a fan photo of Alan Ladd in Plato's school locker.
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Goofs

  • When police backup arrives at the Griffith Observatory, the officer approaches the vehicle on the driver's side to talk to the Juvenile Division officer in the back seat. There are two cutaway shots and now the conversation continues on the passenger's side of the car. The officers within the car change sides of the vehicle, too.
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Quotes

    • Jim Stark: I don't want any trouble.
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Metacritic

80

Rebel Without a Cause has such beautiful color photography that it seems almost impossible to conceive of the fact that they initially started filming it in black and white. Dean is every bit as tormented here as he was in East of Eden, but it’s more of an existential torment this time.

Metacritic review by Brad Laidman
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
100

A milestone in the creation of new idea about young people.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times