Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 1955
Certified Fresh96%
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James Dean stars in a movie that shocked the United States with a performance that still electrifies the screen twenty-five years after his untimely death prior to the film's release. In this archetypal drama of teenage angst and rebellion, three high school students who should lead idyllic lives in their stable, comfortable suburban families explode with a violence and sexuality that their parents cannot understand. This film--which ripped the façade from the post-war American dream to expose the rage of the country's youth--resonates with an energy that has made it a modern classic and a powerful coming-of-age story.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Rebel Without a Cause is a searing melodrama featuring keen insight into '50s juvenile attitude and James Dean's cool, iconic performance.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

Looks and sounds so good it makes your heart thump.

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

The drama and hepcat dialogue feel clunky now, but the movie's plea for dads to talk to their chil...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
1950s James Dean teen-rage landmark still resonates.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this landmark depiction of teen alienation and delinquency has plenty of don't-try-this-at-home moments, including knife fighting, gunplay, breaking-and-entering a disused house, a fatal game of "chicken" in stolen cars, and animal cruelty. Young people drink to inebriation and smoke. There is a link made between a single-parent household (actually less than that; never-seen mom lets the maid oversee things) and a loner mentally ill son.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 29, 1955
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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