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Year
1955
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Nicholas Ray
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
53,107
Checks
17,388
Favs
1,143
Dislikes
108
Favs/checks
6.6% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Rebel Without a Cause paints a picture of 1950s youth as a listless generation freed from the responsibilities of their parents', i.e. the economic strife of the 30s or the war of the 40s, and for whom privilege is its own curse. Throughout the film, the kids mock the police, family hierarchy, military service, anything that might have power over them in another life. Parental figures are ineffective, busy at creating the 1950s American utopia of propriety and wealth, and leaving their kids to their own devices. There's no reason to sacrifice, to share responsibility, and so the teenagers get into trouble for its own sake, just as something to do, or to get attention. The kid most left alone sees any charismatic (and here that's James Dean's character, James Dean whose death later that year would find mirrors in the film) as a father figure (I don't think the attraction Plato bears Jimmy is meant to be gay), and he's the one who pays the biggest price. So yeah, I get it, but I'll admit I had a lot of difficulty empathizing with privileged white kids griping about their lives and how their parents just didn't understand them. 3 years 2 months ago
  2. Marazmatique's avatar

    Marazmatique

    Daddy issues and teenage angst. 6 years 10 months ago
  3. Rohit's avatar

    Rohit

    This and 'On the Waterfront' take me on a whole different level 9 years 6 months ago
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  2. This movie ranks #44 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  8. This movie ranks #393 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  9. This movie ranks #477 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
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  10. This movie ranks #510 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  11. This movie ranks #534 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  12. This movie ranks #559 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  13. This movie ranks #705 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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