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Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray's moving 1955 tale of teenage romanticism thwarted by an adult world of televisions and atomic bombs established James Dean as America's first underage icon. Dean's alienation is perfectly expressed through Ray's vertiginous mise-en-scene: the suburban LA setting becomes a land of decaying Formica and gothic split-levels. An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion. With Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Corey Allen, Edward Platt, and Dennis Hopper.



  • Nicholas Ray


  • James Dean
  • Natalie Wood
  • Sal Mineo
  • Jim Backus
  • Ann Doran
  • Corey Allen
  • William Hopper
  • Rochelle Hudson
  • Virginia Brissac
  • Nick Adams
  • Jack Simmons
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Marietta Canty
  • Jack Grinnage
  • Beverly Long
  • Steffi Sidney
  • Frank Mazzola
  • Tom Bernard
  • Clifford Morris
  • Ian Wolfe
  • Edward Platt
  • Robert Foulk
  • Jimmy Baird
  • Dick Wessel
  • Nelson Leigh


  • Nicholas Ray
  • Irving Shulman
  • Stewart Stern


  • David Weisbart

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