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Encyclopedia > Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Produced by David Weisbart
Written by Nicholas Ray (story)
Irving Shulman (adaptation)
Stewart Stern (screenwriter)
Starring James Dean
Natalie Wood
Sal Mineo
Jim Backus
Ann Doran
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Editing by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 27, 1955
Running time 111 min.
Language English
Budget $1,500,000 (est)
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Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 film directed by Nicholas Ray that tells the story of a rebellious teenager who comes to a new town, meets a girl, defies his parents, and faces the local high school bullies. It sought to portray the existing decay of youth in middle America, critique parental style, and expose the rift between two generations. The title is taken from psychiatrist Robert Lindner's 1944 book, Rebel Without A Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath but has no other relationship to the book. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 383 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (482 × 755 pixel, file size: 54 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Description: Movie poster for Rebel Without a Cause. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... David M. Weisbart (January 21, 1915 July 21, 1967) was an American film editor and producer A native of Los Angeles, California, David Weisbart began working in the film industry in 1942 as an editor. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... Stewart Stern (born March 22, 1922) is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California) was a radio, television, film actor, character actor, and voice actor. ... Ann Doran (July 28, 1911 - September 19, 2000), was an American veteran character actress. ... Leonard Rosenman (born September 7, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film, television and concert composer. ... Ernest Haller, also credited as Ernie B. Haller, (31 May 1896-21 October 1970), was an American cinematographer. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... “Adolescent” redirects here. ... A generation gap is a popular term used to describe wide differences in cultural norms between members of a younger generation and their elders. ... See also: 1943 in literature, other events of 1944, 1945 in literature, list of years in literature. ...


In 1990, this film was added to the preserved films of the United States Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...

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Plot summary

The main plot centers on Jim Stark (James Dean), a 17-year-old. Stark and his two parents move to Los Angeles, where he enrolls at Dawson High School. The film begins with Stark brought into the police station for public drunkenness. His mother, father and grandmother come to get him, and the film's central dilemma is introduced. Jim's parents are frequently quarreling, both in front of him and behind his back. Often the father is the one who tries to stand up for Jim, however, Jim's mother, a naturally pushy woman, easily overpowers him and always wins out; Jim feels betrayed both by this fighting and by his father's lack of backbone, leading to feelings of unrest and displacement. For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


While trying to fit in at the school, he becomes involved in a dispute with a local bully and tough guy named Buzz Gunderson. While he tries to deal with Buzz (Corey Allen), he becomes friends with a 15-year-old boy nick-named Plato (Sal Mineo), who was also at the police station the night of the opening scene for killing puppies. Plato idolizes Jim, his real father having abandoned his family. Plato experiences many of the same problems as Jim, such as searching for a place in life and dealing with parents who "don't understand." [citation needed] Corey Allen (born Alan Cohen on June 29, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an American film and television director, writer, producer and actor. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ...


Jim meets Judy (Natalie Wood), whom he also recognizes from the police station, where she was brought in for being out alone after dark. She belongs to the high school gang of Buzz Gunderson. The thugs challenge Jim to play "chicken" with Buzz, racing stolen cars towards an abyss. The one who first jumps out of the car loses and is deemed a "chicken." The "game" ends in tragedy for Buzz; he is the first to "chicken," but a strap on the sleeve of his leather jacket becomes caught on the car door and he is unable to jump before it goes over the cliff (The movie audience thus knows that Jim "won" because Buzz tried to jump first). Jim tries tell his parents what happened but becomes frustrated by their utter failure to understand him and storms out of the house. When Jim is seen trying to go to the police by some of Buzz's friends, they decide to hunt him down, and harass Plato and Jim's family to try to find him. Judy and Plato join him in the garden of an abandoned villa, where they act out a "fantasy family", with Jim as father, Judy as mother and Plato as child. The thugs soon discover them, and Plato pulls a gun, firing at one of the boys, Jim, and a police officer, in a clearly unstable state. Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... For other uses, see Chicken (disambiguation). ...


Plato hides in an observatory which is soon surrounded by the police. Jim and Judy follow him inside, and Jim convinces Plato to lend him the gun, from which he silently removes the ammunition magazine (though he neglects the round in the chamber). When Plato steps out of the observatory, he becomes unstable again at the sight of the police and charges forward, brandishing his weapon. He is fatally shot by a police officer acting in defense of himself and the bystanders.


Pop culture references

  • The pop band Jim Stärk is named after the film's main character.
  • The '80s British rock group The Smiths quote a line from the movie for the song Stretch Out And Wait: "As we lie, you say : Will the world end in the night time? (I really don't know) Or will the world end in the day time? (I really don't know) And is there any point ever having children? Oh, I don't know. What I do know is we're Here and it's Now". It can be found on their 1986 compliation, Louder Than Bombs.
  • The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Date with Density" shares many plot similarities. In another episode, the Simpsons are watching a similar movie, in which one of the characters exclaims "He's a rebel I tell ya! A rebel without a cause! ...Like that popular movie we saw."
  • Long Island post-hardcore band Disarming Arctica have a song entitled "You can wake up now the universe has ended" based on a line from Rebel Without A Cause. The song is about the life and death of James Dean.

For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Jim Stärk is a Norwegian pop band formed in 2000. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ... This article is about the year. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Devil Without a Cause was Kid Rocks breakthrough album. ... Bawitdaba was a song released in 1998 by Kid Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker on the album Devil Without A Cause. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2000. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Lisas Date with Density is the 7th episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ...

Trivia

  • The Griffith Observatory is featured prominently in the film and is the site of the movie's climax.
  • The man wearing a trenchcoat and carrying a briefcase and walking towards Griffith Observatory at the end of the movie is director Nicholas Ray.
  • All three of the main stars (James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo) died under tragic circumstances. Dean was killed in a traffic accident on September 30, 1955 aged 24, Wood drowned on November 29, 1981 aged 43, and Mineo was murdered on February 12, 1976 aged 37. In addition, Nick Adams is often linked to the urban legend surrounding this film. Adams, often considered "The Poor Man's James Dean", attempted to let the spirit of Dean live vicariously through Adams in his work, which was notably most successful with The Rebel (TV series). But following an Oscar nomination for Twilight of Honor, his career began to decline and he allegedly died of a drug overdose on February 7, 1968 aged 36 (although several people, including his own daughter, believe he may have been killed).
  • Warner Brothers had bought the rights to the book, intending to use the title for a film. Attempts to create a film version in the late 1940s eventually ended without a film or even a full script being produced. When Marlon Brando did a five-minute screen test for the studio in 1947, he was given fragments of one of the 1940s partial scripts. However, Brando was not auditioning for Rebel Without a Cause and there was no offer of any part made by the studio. The film, as it later appeared, was the result of a totally new script written in the 1950s that had nothing to do with the material Brando screen-tested with. The screen test is included on a 2006 special edition DVD of A Streetcar Named Desire
  • There is a brief moment of meta-humor when Jim Stark verbally mocks his father in the voice of Mr. Magoo. (Jim Backus was the voice of the famous cartoon character.) Backus later said that the studio was upset by Dean's insistence on doing the line in the voice of Magoo (a character owned by the UPA studio) and actually made the absurd suggestion that, "since this is a Warner Brothers film, couldn't he do Bugs Bunny instead?"[citation needed]

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Cast

Award Wins: For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California) was a radio, television, film actor, character actor, and voice actor. ... Ann Doran (July 28, 1911 - September 19, 2000), was an American veteran character actress. ... Corey Allen (born Alan Cohen on June 29, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an American film and television director, writer, producer and actor. ... William Hopper (January 26, 1915 – March 6, 1970) was an American actor. ... Rochelle Hudson Rochelle Hudson (March 6, 1914 (some sources indicate 1916) - January 17, 1972) was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s. ... Edward C. Platt (February 14, 1916 – March 19, 1974) was an American character actor best known for his portrayal of The Chief in the 1965-69 NBC television series Get Smart. ... Nick Adams born Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock (July 10, 1931, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania -- February 7, 1968, Hollywood, California), was an American actor. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ...

Award nominations: The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...

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Rebel Without a Cause is about boys and girls in an ordinary neighborhood (not a slum).
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Rebel broke ground in Hollywood for being one of the first films to be told from the point of view of the teenagers.
Rebel Without A Cause is the iconic James Dean role; by the time the film was released in 1955, Dean was dead, a fact that no doubt helped lift his performance here to mythic proportions.
Rebel Without A Cause is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen format, and the presentation is superb.
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