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Rebel Without A Cause
The definitive teen flick with the the definitive teen, James Dean.

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Teenage loner Jim Stark arrives in town, and proves himself in knife fights and on the roads in games of chicken. But what he really wants is love from his parents.

It's safe to assume that the world of the film teenager would have been a very different one had 'Rebel Without A Cause' never been made. As Jim Stark, James Dean created a whole new breed of movie hero - the cool, troubled adolescent - and turned screen-teen culture into a genuine new phenomenon.

The film still holds a powerful emotional truth in its painfully poignant study of teens in turmoil. It's a film tinged with sadness, given that all three of its stars died young - and against some of today's more hard-hitting pictures, its brushes with the law, rival gang fights and tragic games of car-dodging seem relatively tame.

That said, the central themes of teen trauma - from friendship and first romance to the need to fit in remain relevant. Forget your 'She's All That's and 'Down To You's, this is the definitive teen flick. And its digital remastering means it looks even better than ever.

A fine script, dynamic direction, doomed romantic idealism and telling performances make this the most timeless of Ray's gripping, socially aware dramas.

Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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so slow paced, supporting actors ae terrible. Highly Overated ... More

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Posted by david hayes at 15:31, 02 October 2011 | Report This Post

A film that was already legendary before it was releases because hero-to-be James Dean died 4 weeks before the premiere. That absolutely added to the mytical status of this masterpiece, of Dean and the character he plays. That doesn`t take anything away from the fenomenal tour de force that he gives of a character to wich young people back then (and the many years since) could identify. The story obviously has a lot of things that you can identify with and has situations that almost anyone can ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 23:15, 15 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Rebel Without A Cause

really loved this movie its just fantastic and brilliant, the acting is superb and the story is really gripping, you quickly learn to care about the characters and it shows kids that the way teenagers feel and act has'nt changed in a long long time. its a great movie and james dean is awesome in it. ... More

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Posted by ednamode at 17:15, 05 April 2007 | Report This Post

Rebel Without A Cause

Wow. I am completely blown away. I've just watched this film and i was hooked straight away. Being a teenager i am perhaps more able to relate to the film than others but even through this a quality film shines through. James Dean is not only supercool (i didn't believe people when they said he was) but he can act as well. Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo are both superb and as the reviewer above said it is a tragedy that all of these stars died young, Yet with this film each of them has left a mark o... More

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Posted by mafyou at 22:26, 03 April 2007 | Report This Post

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