Rebel Without a Cause: Special Edition
When Jim Stark (James Dean) arrives in a new town with his troubled past firmly in tow, he quickly falls for the girl next door (Natalie Wood) and befriends the vulnerable Plato (Sal Mineo), forming a surrogate family fueled by alienation. From a deadly game of chicken to the spectacular climax at Los Angeles's Griffith Park Observatory, director Nicholas Ray's Oscar-nominated portrait of teen angst provided a jolt to 1950s America.
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- Nicholas Ray
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; scene access; trailer; audio commentary.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this landmark depiction of teen alienation and delinquency has plenty of don't-try-this-at-home moments, including knife fighting, gunplay, breaking-and-entering a disused house, a fatal game of "chicken" in stolen cars, and animal cruelty. Young people drink to inebriation and smoke. There is a link made between a single-parent household (actually less than that; never-seen mom lets the maid oversee things) and a loner mentally ill son.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Pistol shots cause wounds and a casualty, as does a fatal car plunge. Blood is drawn by jabs in a non-fatal knife fight. Jim physically attacks his father and a policeman, and kids beat up on other kids.
- "Heck" and "tramp" is about as bad as it gets.
- Social Behavior
- The gang violence and youthful recklessness that drives the plot is shown to be petty and futile. Even Buzz, Jim's hood-like enemy, says he likes Jim, but fights with him just for appearance's sake, or maybe boredom ("Gotta do something"). Part of the message -- supposedly the result of filmmaker Nicholas Ray researching hundreds of police reports -- is that out-of-control teens, even in apparently "good" families, get a raw deal from moms and dads unable to understand and cope with them.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Jim is shown drunk from the opening scene, and there is a sense his parents frequently imbibe socially. Jim also smokes and shares his cigarettes with other boys.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it