• rockyhorror

    ★★★★ Added by rockyhorror

    * didn't age very well
    * found dean's acting off slightly
    * still entertaining

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  • Craig Duffy

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Craig Duffy 28 Mar, 2015

    Nothing beats going to see a movie where the screen gets wider for cinemascope rather than shorter. I wonder how much of the decision to go for scope on this movie was meant in sympathy to the material and how much in mockery. The teens in this film see their lives as epic and the wide-screen technicolor reflects that. But at points it also seems to bring out the ludicrousness inherent in them feeling that way. The scene during the…

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  • 'Becca'lise

    ★★★★ Rewatched by 'Becca'lise 28 Mar, 2015

    You know you're getting older when you can't relate to the young people in movies anymore. Natalie Wood says she loves James Dean, and I'm like "YOU JUST MET HIM!" But I remember being a teen, every emotion amplified, feeling like nobody understood me. This film captures a bit of that confusion and frustration. Dean and Wood are good but Sal Mineo gives the truly mesmerizing performance. Great getting to see this on the big screen at the TCM film festival!

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  • Alex A

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alex A 28 Mar, 2015

    Rebel Without a Cause is effortlessly cool thanks to James Dean's excellent lead, smooth dialogue, pacing and relatable characters/story. The cinematography here seemed very ahead of its time, the first ten or so minutes in the police station was instantly absorbing and the climax was bittersweet, and fitting. Rebel Without a Cause is deliciously confident with itself and no doubt a film of its era with switchblades and greaser-like characters, but it's themes are timeless, it's style is unforgettable and it's structure is suave.

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  • Nino Vukalovic

    ★★★★ Watched by Nino Vukalovic 10 Feb, 2015

    James Dean's most famous role. I like the story of a young man rebelling against society better in The Graduate, but considering this was made in the 50s it reflects that era. Also, I honestly don't think Natalie Wood is that great of an actress, but that's a story for another day.

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  • Burt Miller

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Burt Miller 30 Sep, 1955

    I first watched this with my housekeeper Belle.
    Quite the Film I must say even though I had to sit with her in the colored section.

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  • James Rodrigues

    ★★★★ Watched by James Rodrigues 23 Mar, 2015

    Jim Stark is an adolescent who feels torn apart, as his parents constantly bicker, while his father fails to stand up for himself, while his mother is constantly domineering. James Dean's performance is nothing short of astounding, perfectly portraying his character, managing to expertly convey the difficulties Stark faces in his life.

    Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo should not be counted out, though. Both manage to do perfect jobs with their roles, as Wood does a first rate job in…

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  • Michael Ewins

    ★★★★★ Watched by Michael Ewins 23 Mar, 2015

    Totally, madly, beautifully perfect.

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  • Michael Elias

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Elias 10 Mar, 2015

    James Dean’s persona towers over REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, so much so that it occasionally becomes a detriment. Playing a new kid in town who becomes the target of delinquent teens, it strains credulity that someone as enigmatic and aloof as Dean would feel that he needs to prove something to his peers. Whether engaging in knife fights or chicken runs, Dean is too cool for these shenanigans. Eventually his character comes to this conclusion. “You can’t go around proving…

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  • Andrew Swafford

    Rewatched by Andrew Swafford 17 Mar, 2015

    In terms of dialogue and plot, this film could certainly stand to be slightly more compelling. However, as a piece of social commentary--about gender roles, homophobia, adolescent alienation, and even racist police brutality--Rebel Without a Cause must have been mindblowing in the 1950s and is still biting today. Although most remember James Dean as an icon of rugged masculinity, this film shows his character exploring the ways in which machismo is nothing more than a very dangerous (even deadly) performance.…

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  • Elliot Fane

    ★★★ Watched by Elliot Fane 16 Mar, 2015

    Very good performances and decently well written, but definitely too slow at times!

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  • ProperCharlie

    ★★★½ Watched by ProperCharlie 14 Mar, 2015

    Before I saw this, I hadn't seen any of James Dean's three films. What was the fuss all about? Is there more than a moody frown, the ability to wear a pair of jeans with panache, and a tragic tale of a brilliant career cut short after barely a year?

    Three teenagers with a fairly typical mix of authoritarian, weak and absent parents meet in the juvenile hall of the local police station after discovering the joys of make-up, binge…

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