Came out of this viewing feeling as if my atoms had been rearranged; a legit clouds parting, Paul on the road to Damascus, viewing of the year moment.
an entire precious emotional universe in the bushes, two lovers clutching each other desperately; giant voids, the LA basin, the cliffs and sea, Dean and Mineo staring up at an artificial night sky.
"This is the edge..."
It's like Grease, except what lacks in musical numbers is made up entirely by the enigmatic beauty that is teenage angst.
I love coming of age/youth films, they're one of my favorite genres and when done right, they can really leave a tremendous lasting impression that sticks with you for weeks, and this is definitely one of those movies. James Dean is awkward, squirmy and looks like he's constantly in pain, but it's done so brilliantly, and works so well…
A cigarette dangles from his lips and he dresses in red white and blue. Both the actor and the character are allready tired of everything. Older generations are crumbling away into oblivion, but one can't say to much for youth either. There are knives, cigarettes and stolen car races.
He puts another cigarette between his lips, he calmly points out that there are a lot of switches. He kicks in an old potrait and runs away to an abandoned house.
He made three movies and then crashed into eternity. James Dean is not only a legend - he is THE legend.
A soul wrenching masterpiece. I gave myself 20 lashes for not seeing it sooner.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is pretty much perfect on every level. This will be maybe my firs true breakdown of the elements of a great movie and how well they all worked. Breakdown stolen from Alex Gidley (forgive me sire)
Despite being such an old film, the writing is still impeccable and you can see how and why this movie and it's dialogue have stood the test of time.
"You can wake up now, the universe has ended."…
This is a real good fucking film. Beautiful cinemascope, catapulted James Dean to stardom, inspired Godard's outlook on cinema's potential and led to Breathless.
"Stand up son. And I'll stand up with you. I'll be as strong as you want me to be."
I want to be James Dean not because he is a culture icon but because he is dead. pls kill me.
I really like this movie though, James Dean really was an incredible talent. I think it captures the essence of youth really well. It's a product of it's time but that's not a bad thing.
Still relevant and still powerful over fifty years later.
James Dean is the still the epitome of teenage rebellion and continues to stand for all those that are young and misunderstood.
Clásico de clásicos. James inmortalizando la juventud, belleza y talento.
Wunderbar tribute to Stewart Stern. I cried.
James Dean, what a heartthrob! This is his quintessential film that cemented his legendary status and rebellious image, as the title suggests.
Like Nicholas Ray's previous movie (Johnny Guitar), this influential, beloved misunderstood-youth classic is essentially a Freudian western, with switchblades replacing six-guns. Jim Stark (James Dean), the loner whose parents have have to move from town to town because he keeps getting in trouble, is like a weary gunslinger who just wants someplace peaceful to hitch his horse. But he can't, because "outlaws" persist in challenging him. (Significantly, the law is no help.) Jim's father (Jim Backus) is a milksop, his…