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Rebel Without a Cause -- A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.
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Stewart Stern (screen play)
Irving Shulman (adaptation)
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Release Date:
27 October 1955 (USA) See more »
Teenage terror torn from today's headlines See more »
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Dean ... Jim Stark

Natalie Wood ... Judy

Sal Mineo ... John 'Plato' Crawford

Jim Backus ... Frank Stark

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Carol Stark

Corey Allen ... Buzz Gunderson

William Hopper ... Judy's Father
Rochelle Hudson ... Judy's Mother

Dennis Hopper ... Goon

Edward Platt ... Ray Fremick
Steffi Sidney ... Mil
Marietta Canty ... Crawford Family Maid
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Stark - Jim's Grandmother
Beverly Long ... Helen

Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Minton
Frank Mazzola ... Crunch
Robert Foulk ... Gene
Jack Simmons ... Cookie
Tom Bernard ... Harry
Nick Adams ... Chick
Jack Grinnage ... Moose
Clifford Morris ... Cliff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Nurse (uncredited)
David Alpert ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jimmy Baird ... Beau (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Harold Bostwick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Desk Sergeant #2 (uncredited)
John Close ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Skipper Huerta ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Policewoman (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Desk Sergeant #1 (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Crunch's Father (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Approaching Officer (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Bruce Noonan ... Monitor Admonishing Plato (uncredited)
House Peters Jr. ... Officer at Police Station (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Postal ... Teacher (uncredited)
Nicholas Ray ... Man in Last Shot (uncredited)
Gus Schilling ... Attendant (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Old Lady Teacher (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Planetarium Guide (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Ed - Moose's Father (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
Writing credits
Stewart Stern (screen play)

Irving Shulman (adaptation)

Nicholas Ray (from a story by)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler (film editor) (as William Ziegler)
James Moore (uncredited)
Production Design by
Malcolm C. Bert (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Tillie Starriett .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (as Don Page)
Robert Farfan .... assistant director
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Rod Amateau .... stunt double (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Other crew
Dennis Stock .... dialogue supervisor
Florence Granroth .... researcher: lecturer's speech (uncredited)
Douglas M. Kelly .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Mazzola .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements
111 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints) | Dolby Digital (DVD version)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1981) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1956) | France:-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1995) | UK:AA (re-rating) (1976) | USA:PG-13 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (No. 17504) (original rating) | USA:Not Rated (video rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

James Dean originally wanted his friend Jack Simmons, whom he was living with at the time, for the part of Plato.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jim rolls out of the car during the race, the footage is sped up to make it look like it happened faster than it actually did.See more »
[first lines]
First police officer:Get up, get up. Mixed up in that beating on 12th street, huh?
Second police officer:No. Plain drunkenness.
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Movie Connections:
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How did James Dean die?
If Jim's car goes off the cliff, how can he be seen driving his car home from the 'chickie run'?
How does the movie end?
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37 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
James Dean Cult-Classic about "misunderstood" teens in 1950s, 23 May 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Brilliant cast of well-known Hollywood icons in hard-hitting treatment of story that focuses on the hopelessness exhibited by many middle-class teenagers who were too young to recall the pains of WWII, but saw daily reminders of the threat of "the bomb", as well as inequities around them.

James Dean stands out as the troubled kid whose parents keep "moving" to escape their community's effects of their son's strange behavior. Equally great are the performances of Natalie Wood as a "wanna-be-bad-girl" who is hurt by her parents' implications that she is a "tramp"; and the child-like Sal Mineo, who lives in a mansion with a maid, but feels the pains of neglect from never-present parents.

The trio first meet at a police station, where they all see a well-meaning officer who is genuinely interested in getting these troubled kids back on the right track rather than throwing the book at them. He does seem to reach James Dean, who seeks help after getting into more trouble.

The relationship between the James Dean character and that of Sal Mineo is somewhat elusive. At times a more than friendly association is suggested, then the appearance of Natalie Wood makes it look like an odd threesome. 1950s America was definitely unprepared for any "spelling out" of suggested terms, so for nearly 50 years now anyone's guess as to what was going on here is as good as the next.

The supporting cast include Jim Backus as James Dean's well-to-do yet wimpish and henpecked father as well as a young Dennis Hopper as a member of a greaser gang. The parade of big name stars in itself is eye-candy of the highest caliber! References to scientific findings are still awe-inspiring today. Showing young college students' reactions to film footage during a lecture shows that humans can't fully grasp the insignificance of earthly life compared to the vastness of the universe. Carefully watch the final scene as the end credits are shown, when this "point" is driven home.

Rebel Without A Cause is one of the great classics with a sociological impact that has seldom been reached by any film, and likely never surpassed. This film is a ceaseless source of discussions. I recommend this film also for high school History, Sociology or Language Arts classes.

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