Rebel Without A Cause review

A classic from the criminally underrated Nicholas Ray, Rebel Without A Cause - - the ultimate juvenile delinquent flick - - sired a host of imitations and turned James Dean, who died before the film opened, into a doomed icon of romantic youth. Jim Stark (Dean) comes from a `good' family but is always in trouble, whether getting into a knife fight or deadly car race. As a study of adolescent loneliness, youthful anti-materialism and the perpetual desire for unconditional love, Ray's Rebel is timeless. Incredibly, 50 years on, Dean's profoundly influential sullen charisma is still captivating.

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