in about 100 words or less
USA, 111m, Colour
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
Rebel 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).