The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".


Danny Strong


Danny Strong, Kenneth Slawenski (based on "J.D. Salinger: A Life Raised High" by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... Jerry Salinger
Kevin Spacey ... Whit Burnett
Victor Garber ... Sol
Hope Davis ... Miriam
Zoey Deutch ... Oona O'Neill
Lucy Boynton ... Claire Douglas
Brian d'Arcy James ... Giroux
Eric Bogosian ... Harold Ross
Bernard White ... Swami Nikhilananda
Jefferson Mays ... William Maxwell
Will Rogers ... Herb Kaufman
Sarah Paulson ... Dorothy Olding
James Urbaniak ... Gus Lobrano
Keenan Jolliff ... Clay Miller
Caitlin Mehner ... Blythe Chaucer


The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".

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Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language including sexual references, some violence, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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The directorial debut of Danny Strong. See more »


Jerry Salinger: Anyway, how's everything at the home front with you? You are good with Martha chewing your ear?
Whit Burnett: Everything at my home is fine...
Jerry Salinger: Yeah?
Whit Burnett: Because what you'll learn about having wife is that occasionally she just needs to yell to feel better.
[Jerry laughing]
Whit Burnett: Oh, and by the way, I'm awfully sorry about the New Yorker.
Jerry Salinger: How'd you know about that?
Whit Burnett: Oh please. They canned the Caulfield story because you wouldn't take any of their notes. You know, you cannot be a pain in the ass until you're a success.
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Not So Rebllious Biopic About Rebellious Author
5 September 2019 | by dreamingescapistSee all my reviews

'Rebel in the Rye' is not an awful movie, it features some creat acting (Nicholas Hoult shines as the reclusive author, and Kevin Spacey and Srah Paulson bring their known quality on the table), and the screenplay is relatively well written with good pacing, but perhaps little too less dramatic edge. The film is following all the known standards and safe traits in modern biographical movies, thus it might not be the most fascinating cinematic pieces out there. Still, the movie shouldn't be dismissed that easily. Besides the wonderful acting jobs, the film manages to offer quite a nice overview from J.D. Salinger's career, what inspired him the most and what made him tick. Overall, the film is not that memorable - nice script, nice directing, good actors, but everything is just somehow too neat. Nothing we haven't already experienced with countless of other biographical movies made in the last ten or so years. In some sense, I can understand the safe approach because of the subject - legendary author whose life was as iconic as his literary output. And I didn't expect to see some controversial themes or lude details of Salinger's private life (when it comes to historical figures, this is least of my interests), but a whole, the movie felt too stale and stencil crafted. Yet, the film manages to show the screenwriter/director's obvious respect towards Salinger and with that, the film is oddly likable.

'Rebel in the Rye' might not be the most interesting piece of visual storytelling, but if you enjoy character-driven movies with great acting, then this one is not the most boring one. Plus, you might learn something new about Salinger, and about writing in general.

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15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA


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$37,967, 10 September 2017

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