The age-old theme of teenage violence and delinquency is given distinctive insight by the well-cast Dean-Wood-Mineo trio. Perhaps the best teen-age drama of the 1950s. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Sal Mineo, Best Supporting Actress--Natalie Wood, Best Motion Picture Story.
Jim Backus - American Film and TV Actor, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, MR. MAGOO
Nicholas Ray - American director/actor
Raymond Nicholas Kienzle - American director/actor
Nick Ray - American director/actor
Nick Adams - American actor, THE REBEL/FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS...
James Dean - American actor, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
Dennis Hopper - American actor/director
David Weisbart - American Producer/Editor
William Wallace - Actor/Producer
William A. Wallace - Actor/Producer
Sal Mineo - American Actor, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
Stewart Stern - American Screenwriter
Natalie Wood - American actress, WEST SIDE STORY
Natasha Gurdin - American actress, WEST SIDE STORY
Marietta Canty - American Actress
Leonard Rosenman - Film composer
The classic film about alienated and rebellious youth that made James Dean an indelible icon. "Rebel without a Cause" focuses on a teenage social outcast searching for his identity. His dysfunctional parents (a milquetoast father and a cantankerous mom) can't help him and he shuns any form of authority. The young man only finds solace in the company of two fellow teenage misfits, but even they aren't able to prevent tragedy from befalling this reckless and uncontrollable anti-hero.
Theatrical release: October 1955. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE marked Dennis Hopper's film acting debut. The film was originally to be shot in black and white, but after Jack Warner viewed the dailies from the first three days of shooting, he decided the film should be in color.
"...[An] early Scope masterpiece....The third Oscar-winner for cinematography..." - 06/23/1993 USA Today, p.5D
"...With Dean's frowning charisma intact as misunderstood new kid Jim Stark, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE has life in it yet..." - 03/01/2001 Total Film, p.120
"James Dean's good looks and devilish charm were trumped only by his affinity for fast living..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.29
"REBEL was remarkable in telling its story from the point of view of the kids, exploding the image of the juvenile delinquent." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.9
"All three compelling core performances, director Nicholas Ray's symbolic, vivid use of colour and the film's pace make REBEL a still-cogent depiction of alienated kids and dysfunctional families." - 06/01/2005 Uncut, p.142
"The film that consecrated James Dean's teen-idol image..." - 07/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.86