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NEW Romantic Drama (DVD)
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Powerfully directed by Nicholas Ray, Dean plays the ultimate teenage rebel and, together with Academy Award nominated costars Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, gives voice to the post-war subculture of troubled American youth. His unforgettable performance is the highlight of a film that was landmark achievement. `Rebel Without A Cause' is included in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and is on the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 100 Greatest American Movies Of All Time. Since its October 1955 release, `Rebel Without A Cause' has become one of the archetypal films of teenage angst, an enduring hit with successive generations and a harbinger of things to come in the tumultuous Sixties. The fact that all of the film's stars, Nick Adams, James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo died tragically and early on has also lent a mystique to this powerful, ground-breaking film that continues to this day.
FILM FACT: Awards and Accolades: Wins: 1990 National Film Registry. Nominations: Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor (Sal Mineo). Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress (Natalie Wood). Best Writing, Motion Picture Screenplay (Nicholas Ray). Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (Nicholas Ray). BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (James Dean).Read more ›
"Rebel Without a Cause" begins in the local police station, where Jim (James Dean) has been arrested for drunkeness, Judy (Natalie Wood) has been picked up for walking around before dawn after a fight with her father, and the disturbed Plato (Sal Mineo) has been brought in for killing a puppy. Jim is new to the place (his parents are always moving) and finds it hard to fit in at school. He gets in a fight, which later leads him to have a chicken race with one of the gang bullies. Jim, Judy and Plato are brought back together again at the chicken race, but it ends in trouble. While Jim gets away unharmed, his opponent is killed when he gets caught in the car and goes flying straight off of the cliff. While being chased by the dead boy's friends, Jim, Judy, and Plato end up at a deserted mansion, to hide out, away from their parents and the trouble looking for them out on the streets. But still, it does not end nicely.
The film may seem dated to some people, but it still remains a brilliant movie to a lot of others.
Now for the DVD:
The film is presented in widescreen format and the print is brilliant. The sound is in 5.1 Dolby Digital. The extras include Trailers, behind-the-scenes documentary, and a few segments from TV Documentaries with Gig Young, including the 'Drive Safely' interview. Along with a few other little things aswell.
Overall, I think this is an excellent presentation for a great movie and I highly recommend this DVD.
PLEASE NOTE: Refers to Region 2 release, which appears to be the same as this Region 1 release, by the same company.
only as far as movie as concerned but society.
what made the movie such a hit was the fact that you had this giant rebel icon known as james dean, whom every young girl wanted to go out. an all star cast such as natalie wood, whose career would continue to skyrocket with such great films as "splendor in the grass". however, the film's storyline is what impacted viewers, much of which were young men and women who could relate to the main character. dean plays jim stark, born to a rich father , stark don't seem to fit in with anybody, his neighboorhood, his classmates, he movesto a new town where he must try to fit with society. he encounters on his first day judy (wood), a pretty girl whose around with the wrong crowd, a rebellious gang bent on no good. as jim gets lost finding his class he meets a kind young man named plato (sal mineo who also died young) who helps him find his way. however near the end of the afternoon jim has a confrontation with judy'sboyfriend named buzz (played by corey allen) what results is a fatal accident. however besides this stark must deal with his overbearing father who does not understand his own and thinks he can soothe him by buying him literally. it seems that stark cannot fit into anywhere in society, he is a rebel,an outsider looking in on a world, that doesn't quite understand him and it will be a battle for him to find his way and find meaning in his life.Read more ›
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Ce film est un chef-d'oeuvre de l'acteur James Dean! À regarder encore et encore!Published 9 months ago by Christiane 122
Four classics from Hollywood's golden age, starring some of Hollywood's greatest legends (Taylor, Dean, Newman, Brando). A must-see if you love classics.Published on Dec 16 2012 by PS
This movie takes me back to my teenage years.I remember all the guys going out and buying white tshirts and a red wind breakers like James Dean was
wearing in this movie. Read more
Is Warner going to release a special edition of this film in 2005 along with East of Eden for their 50th Anniversaries? Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2004
This movie is one of the best however one reviewer had a lot of negativity about this movie do not listen to him this movie is not crap. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by henry
For all that the title is such a classic one, it is rather inaccurate. And possibly, it was meant to be. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Trekkintheplains
This movie sucks for so many reasons, I can't fit them all in the 1,000 word space that amazon gives me. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by viewer