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Basics Critics:94Viewers:72Rusty:82
Category: DramaNotable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: teen film, coming-of-age storyNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 103 - 111 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Los Angeles, Santa MonicaDirector: Nicholas RayScreenwriter: Stewart Stern, Irving ShulmanMusic: Leonard RosenmanCinematography: Ernest HallerStars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, Steffi Sidney, Edward Platt, Dennis Hopper, Marietta Canty, Virginia Brissac Producer: David WeisbartStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Story (Nicholas Ray)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sal Mineo)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Natalie Wood)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments. Over the years, the film has achieved landmark status for the acting of cultural icon James Dean, fresh from his Academy Award nominated role in East of Eden and who died before the film's release, in his most celebrated role. This was the only film during Dean's lifetime in which he received top billing. In 1990, Rebel Without a Cause was added to the preserved films of the United States Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant". The story of a rebellious teenager who arrives at a new high school, meets a girl, disobeys his parents, and defies the local school bullies was a groundbreaking attempt to portray the moral decay of American youth, critique parental style, and explore the differences and conflicts between generations. The title was adopted from psychiatrist Robert M.

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