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The Rebel Set (1959)

Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.

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Rita Leland
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King Invader, Beat Poet (as Norman Jolley)
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Bali Dancer
Robert Nash
Peter Brian
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Three beatniks are brought together to rob an armored car, only to face betrayal from amongst their ranks.

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28 June 1959 (USA)  »

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The movie is skewered by Joel and the bots on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (s4, e19). See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, when the policemen are boarding the train in Newark, the film has been mirrored, as can be seen by the word "PACIFIC" (as "CIFICAP") on the right side of the door. See more »

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King Invader: Stew oceans of lotion on the beards of each man!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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Daring, inventive, nobody's idea of a good movie
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Karl Struss, cinematographer for late director of film noir Fritz Lang (While the City Sleeps) and the silent Ben Hur did the excellent photography on this film. The dark shadows and low angles add quite a bit of tension to the situation. I love the way the dark forces of greed take hold of three goof-ball beatniks(Sullivan, Lupton, and Palmer) who can't pay their coffee house bill. Anyone who has studied Faust would recognize Tucker (Ed Platt) as a Dr. Faustus-like character, and Sydney(Ned Glass) as his assistant like Mephistoles. They convince the three beatniks to sell their souls for $200,000 each if they participate in an armored car robbery. The bold physical chase scene at the railroad tracks and the stunt work involved was really top notch. It really grabs me every time I see Johnny try to confess his part in the robbery to the detective, but the gumshoe really thinks he did the murder, so he takes a chair, breaks a train window and leaps out. It's possible this mimicked "Rebel" James Dean's movie, East of Eden, where virtuous Aaron (Richard Davalos) is so heartbroken and drunk on a troop train that he breaks through the window with his head, while Cal (Dean), Abra and her father watch, horrified. Dean was dead three years when Rebel Set was filmed.


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