Rebel Without a Cause

Release Date: 1955

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 1999

PG-13 |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, William Hopper, Rochelle Hudson

Director: Nicholas Ray

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Love, Rivalry, Dark, Los Angeles, Growing up, Girlfriend, Mother, 1950s, Emotional, Friend, Police station, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It contains some extraordinarily good acting by the late James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo (who is coming up fast and reveals himself to be a real trouper in this one). The direction by Nicholas Ray is outstanding...This is a superficial treatment of a vital problem that has been staged brilliantly. show more

  • 100
    Slant Magazine

    Where the attitudes of "East of Eden" are hopelessly dated and broad, the poetic longing for connection in Rebel Without a Cause will always feel timeless. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

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Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)
Nominated Writing (Motion Picture Story)