Rebel Without a Cause

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Dean's finest film, hardly surprisingly in that Ray was one of the great '50s directors. The story, much imitated since, might sound like nothing much - unsettled adolescent from good home can't keep himself out of trouble, and gets involved with bad sorts until tragedy takes over - but what makes the film so powerful is both the sympathy it extends towards all the characters (including the seemingly callous parents) and the precise expressionism of Ray's direction. His use of light, space and motion is continually at the service of the characters' emotions, while the trio that Dean, Wood and Mineo form as a refuge from society is explicitly depicted as an 'alternative family'. Still the best of the youth movies.

Release details

Release date: Friday April 18 2014
Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nicholas Ray
Screenwriter: Stewart Stern
Cast: James Dean
Natalie Wood
Sal Mineo
Jim Backus
Ann Doran
Corey Allen
Edward Platt
Dennis Hopper
Nick Adams
William Hopper
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