James Dean's most memorable screen appearance. In the second of his three films (following "East of Eden"), he plays troubled teen Jim Stark, who's alienated from both his parents and peers. He befriends outcasts Judy (Wood) and Plato (Mineo) in a police station and together they find a common ground. Many memorable scenes, including the "chickie run" between Jim and black leather-jacketed Buzz (Allen). Superb young stars carry this in-the-gut story of adolescence. All three leads met with real-life tragic ends.
The American dream in "Rebel..." and in real life today, is unfettered acquisition of objects and money, with no soul or character. That's what the kids are rebelling against. I wish more kids today would rebel against soulless America with its greed and avarice.
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Be nice to your parents daswitzer at 2009-09-12 19:22:28
James Dean...the son of Mr. Howell?? No wonder the boy had trouble respecting dear-old-dad. This movie broke down obstacles of teen life and laid them to waste. Natalie Wood, Dean and Sal Mineo....all tragically lost to us. A great part by future star, Dennis Hopper. This movie should not be missed...teen angst at it's best.