When people think of James Dean, they probably think first of the troubled teen from Rebel Without a Cause: nervous, volatile, soulful, a kid lost in a world that does not understand him. Made between his only other starring roles, in East of Eden and Giant, Rebel sums up the jangly, alienated image of Dean, but also happens to be one of the key films of the 1950s. Director Nicholas Ray takes a strikingly sympathetic look at the teenagers standing outside the white-picket-fence 50s dream of America: juvenile delinquent (that's what they called them then) Jim Stark... (Dean), fast-girl Judy (Natalie Wood), lost-boy Plato (Sal Mineo), slick hot-rodder Buzz (Corey Allen). At the time, it was unusual for a movie to endorse the point of view of teenagers, but Ray and screenwriter Stewart Stern captured the youthful angst that was erupting at the same time in rock 'n' roll. Dean is heartbreaking, following the method-acting style of Marlon Brando but staking out a nakedly emotional honesty of his own. Going too fast, in every way, he was killed in a car crash on September 30, 1955, a month before Rebel opened. He was no longer an actor, but an icon, and Rebel is a lasting monument. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. In one of cinemas most influential, and gripping, roles, James Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of most postwar teens - and reverberates more than 40 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim's girlfriend Judy) and Sal Mineo (in his screen debut as Jim's tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award nominees for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar nominee for this landmark film chosen as one of the Top-100 American Films by the American Film Institute. Rebel Without A Cause has been digitally remastered from newly restored elements, so this DVD offers the movie, picture and sound in their most optimal presentation since its original theatrical release. Interviews With James Dean, Natalie Wood, Jim Backus 'Re-discovering A Rebel' featurette Trailer Interactive Menu Scene Access Actors James Dean, Jim Backus, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Ann Doran & William Hopper Director Nicholas Ray Certificate PG Year 1955 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English ; French ; Italian ; Dutch ; Arabic ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; Romanian ; Bulgarian ; German ; English For The Hearing Impaired ; Italian For The Hearing Impaired Duration 1 hour and 46 minutes (approx)
Director Nicholas Ray's classic drama about juvenile delinquents starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. The storyline takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Jim Stark (Dean), a restless teenager always in trouble with the law. His mother smothers him, while his father is weak and ineffectual and the family has only recently moved to Los Angeles to try and save Jim from a life of crime. However, when Jim is picked up for being drunk and disorderly he notices Judy (Wood) at the police station and determines to ask her on a date at high school the next day. This leads him into conflict with Judy's boyfriend, Buzz (Corey Allen). He is determined to prove himself with his new-found 'friends' by taking part in switchblade fights and a 'chickie' game where cars race to the edge of a seaside cliff. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including nods for Wood and Mineo.