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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

USA, 111m, Colour
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

rebel-without-a-causeRebel Without a Cause is perhaps one of the most over-rated films in American film history. Lauded for his extraordinary performance, a 24-year-old (looking more like a 34-year-old) James Dean is terribly miscast along with most of the other “kids” as rebellious teenagers who have a penchant for over-reacting and overacting. The only believable character in this movie is the age-appropriate Sal Mineo who befriends Dean’s character. Mineo is not only believable, but offers up an exceptional performance, which should have had Hollywood producers take notice – unfortunately, “Rebel Without a Clue” would spawn another 30 years of over-aged actors in Hollywood playing teen characters (Klaus Ming February 2009).

4 comments on “Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

  1. LoriW

    I was trying to download a copy of East of Eden to watch and thought I’d check your list. I’m really surprised it didn’t make the 1001 list… interesting.

  2. klausming

    From my experience with the 1001 book, there are a lot of movies that could have/should have been included, and a few that have you scratching your head as to why they were included. Their reviews generally indicate why the movie was included included on the list, and without reviewing the entry for Rebel, I suspect that the movie’s higher profile, and Sal Mineo’s excellent performance were a couple of reasons why the editor chose Rebel over Eden for 1955. And while Eden may have been a better movie than Rebel, Dean’s performance in the latter has become iconic in popular culture, which may be the underlying reason why it and not Eden was included.

  3. LoriW

    Thanks, Klaus.

    I often forget this is a list of 1001 movies you “must see”, not “best movies ever”.

    I guess I should watch a Rebel Without a Cause to compare with East of Eden – just so my opinion counts 😉

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