"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.
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 ›
Most of the "high school" kids were 19 or older (except Sal and Natalie), and James Dean was 24 - which strains credulity. Natalie's boyfriend drives off a cliff and is killed, yet she shows no emotion about it.
The movie did have a few truly good moments - "you're tearing me apart" is the classic scene, and "give me something, dad", but on the whole it was as forced and unreal as the studio "interviews" of cast members also on the DVD (with staged close ups of directors giving commands, etc).
James Dean's death seemed to launch him into some icon level, but I'm not sure his acting in the big three melodramas (RWAC is the middle film) warranted it.
It might have been big when it was released, but it seems overblown and dated today. It might be worth a watch, but I found it entertaining for the wrong reasons.