Rebel without a cause

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This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his appearance-conscious parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran) to move from one town to another. The film's tormented central characters are all introduced during a single night-court session, presided over by well-meaning social worker Ray (Edward Platt). Jimmy, arrested on a drunk-and-disorderly charge, screams "You're tearing me apart!" as his blind-sided parents bicker with one another over how best to handle the situation. Judy (Natalie Wood) is basically a good kid but behaves wildly out of frustration over her inability to communicate with her deliberately distant father (William Hopper). (The incestuous subtext of this relationship is discreetly handled, but the audience knows what's going on in the minds of Judy and her dad at all times.) And Plato (Sal Mineo), who is so sensitive that he threatens to break apart like porcelain, has taken to killing puppies as a desperate bid for attention from his wealthy, always absent parents. The next morning, Jimmy tries to start clean at a new high school, only to run afoul of local gang leader Buzz (Corey Allen), who happens to be Judy's boyfriend. Anxious to fit in, Jimmy agrees to settle his differences with a nocturnal "Chickie Run": he and Buzz are to hop into separate stolen cars, then race toward the edge of a cliff; whoever jumps out of the car first is the "chickie." When asked if he's done this sort of thing before, Jimmy lies, "That's all I ever do." This wins him the undying devotion of fellow misfit Plato. At the appointed hour, the Chickie Run takes place, inaugurated by a wave of the arms from Judy. The cars roar toward the cliff; Jimmy is able to jump clear, but Buzz, trapped in the driver's set when his coat gets caught on the door handle, plummets to his death. In the convoluted logic of Buzz' gang, Jimmy is held responsible for the boy's death. For the rest of the evening, he is mercilessly tormented by Buzz' pals, even at his own doorstep. After unsuccessfully trying to sort things out with his weak-willed father, Jimmy runs off into the night. He links up with fellow "lost souls" Judy and Plato, hiding out in an abandoned palatial home and enacting the roles of father, mother, and son. For the first time, these three have found kindred spirits -- but the adults and kids who have made their lives miserable haven't given up yet, leading to tragedy. Out of the bleakness of the finale comes a ray of hope that, at last, Jimmy will be truly understood. Rebel Without a Cause began as a case history, written in 1944 by Dr. Robert Lindner. Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, the property was shelved until Brando's The Wild One (1953) opened floodgates for films about crazy mixed-up teens. Director Nicholas Ray, then working on a similar project, was brought in to helm the film version. His star was James Dean, fresh from Warners' East of Eden. Ray's low budget dictated that the new film be lensed in black-and-white, but when East of Eden really took off at the box office, the existing footage was scrapped and reshot in color. This was great, so far as Ray was concerned, inasmuch as he had a predilection for symbolic color schemes. James Dean's hot red jacket, for example, indicated rebellion, while his very blue blue jeans created a near luminescent effect (Ray had previously used the same vivid color combination on Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar). As part of an overall bid for authenticity, real-life gang member Frank Mazzola was hired as technical advisor for the fight scenes. To extract as natural a performance as possible from Dean, Ray redesigned the Stark family's living room set to resemble Ray's own home, where Dean did most of his rehearsing. Speaking of interior sets, the mansion where the three troubled teens hide out had previously been seen as the home of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Of the reams of on-set trivia concerning Rebel, one of the more amusing tidbits involves Dean's quickie in-joke impression of cartoon character Mr. Magoo -- whose voice was, of course, supplied by Jim Backus, who played Jimmy's father. Viewing the rushes of this improvisation, a clueless Warner Bros. executive took Dean to task, saying in effect that if he must imitate an animated character, why not Warners' own Bugs Bunny? Released right after James Dean's untimely death, Rebel Without a Cause netted an enormous profit. The film almost seems like a eulogy when seen today, since so many of its cast members -- James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams -- died young. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2 Adams, Nick, 1931-1968,, Allen, Corey, 1934-2010,, Allen, Corey, 1934-2010., Backus, Jim,, Backus, Jim., Bert, Malcolm,, Brissac, Virginia, 1883-1979,, Canty, Marietta, 1905-1986,, Dean, James, 1931-1955,, Dean, James, 1931-1955., Doran, Ann,, Doran, Ann., Foulk, Robert,, Haller, Ernest, 1896-1970,, Hopper, Dennis, 1936-2010,, Hopper, Dennis, 1936-2010., Hopper, William, 1915-1970,, Hudson, Rochelle, 1916-1972,, Jones, Stanley, 1897-1981,, Mabry, Moss,, Mineo, Sal, 1939-1976,, Mineo, Sal, 1939-1976., Platt, Edward,, Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979,, Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979., Rosenman, Leonard,, Rosenman, Leonard., Shulman, Irving,, Shulman, Irving., Stern, Stewart,, Stern, Stewart., Weisbart, David,, Weisbart, David., Wolfe, Ian, 1896-1992,, Wood, Natalie,, Wood, Natalie., Ziegler, William,
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display_description The teen-aged son of a well-to-do family gets involved in violence when he attempts to win the approval of a gang of high-school hoodlums. The teen-aged son of a well-to-do family gets involved in violence when he attempts to win the approval of a gang of high-school hoodlums. Before the feature are three Behind the Cameras segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV series, including a "safe-driving" interview withdrawn from airing following Dean's death.
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subject_facet Adolescentes -- Teatro, Documentary films, Drama, Dramatic videos, Feature films, Fiction films, Films for the hearing impaired, Juvenile delinquency films, Juvenile delinquents, Juvenile delinquents -- United States -- Drama, Problem youth -- Drama, Teenagers -- Drama, United States, United States -- Drama, Video recordings, Video recordings for the hearing impaired, Youth -- Conduct of life, Youth -- United States -- Conduct of life -- Drama
title_display Rebel without a cause
title_full Rebel without a cause / Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; screenplay by Stewart Stern ; produced by David Weisbart ; directed by Nicholas Ray, Rebel without a cause [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; a Warner Bros.-First National picture ; screen play by Stewart Stern ; adaptation by Irving Shulman from a story by Nicholas Ray ; produced by David Weisbart ; directed by Nicholas Ray, Rebel without a cause [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; screenplay by Stewart Stern ; produced by David Weisbart ; directed by Nicholas Ray
title_short Rebel without a cause
topic_facet Adolescentes, Conduct of life, Juvenile delinquents, Problem youth, Teenagers, Youth
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