Rebel without a Cause

Rebel without a Cause

Nicholas Ray (1955)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The theme of the teenager as an alienated victim of family and society has never been done better than in this classic drama. James Dean gives a superb performance as a frustrated youth from a well-to-do family, who rebels against his weak father and shrewish mother with such delinquent behaviour as boozing, knife-fighting and racing hot rods in hazardous games of "chicken". Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo also stand out in an excellent, youthful cast that's wonderfully controlled by director Nicholas Ray. But it's Dean who remains most memorable, and his heartfelt portrayal epitomised his tragically short career.


An angry teenage social outcast rejects any form of authority in his search for a sense of identity. Eventually, he finds solace in the company of two like-minded and equally alienated misfits. However, a spate of violent confrontations forces them to go on the run, and their plan to stay in hiding has tragic consequences. Drama, starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and Jim Backus.

Cast & Crew

Jim James Dean (1)
Judy Natalie Wood
Jim's father Jim Backus
Jim's mother Ann Doran
Judy's father William Hopper
Judy's mother Rochelle Hudson
Buzz Corey Allen
Plato Sal Mineo
Goon Dennis Hopper
Jim's grandmother Virginia Brissac
Director Nicholas Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Contains some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Apr 2014