History Film / RebelWithoutACause

26th Mar '17 1:21:19 PM JulianLapostat
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-->'''Jim Stark''': No, at dawn.

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-->'''Jim Stark''': [[DaylightHorror No, at dawn.dawn]].



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: ''Rebel'' was one of the few mainstream American films to explore existential angst among adolescents growing up in a time where a class field trip assures them that the universe is [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and empty, Earth is just a tiny part of this unfathomable vastness, and if and when the world ends, it will not be missed in the wider cosmos]], AdultsAreUseless and children more or less have to turn to each other to form their own community, first in self-destructive gang fights, and later a community of friends that still end up falling apart because of their own confusion and jealousy.
-->'''Jim Stark''': If only I had one day in my life where I didn't feel confused, where I felt like I belonged.



* {{Existentialism}}: ''Rebel'' was one of the few mainstream American films to explore this concept. The Planetarium sequence entirely revolves around this. The universe is [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and empty, Earth is just a tiny part of this unfathomable vastness, and if and when the world ends, it will not be missed in the wider cosmos]], AdultsAreUseless and children more or less have to turn to each other to form their own community, first in self-destructive gang fights, and later a community of friends that still end up falling apart because of their own confusion and jealousy.
-->'''Jim Stark''': If only I had one day in my life where I didn't feel confused, where I felt like I belonged.



* GenreDeconstruction: The film deconstructs TeensAreMonsters films so prevalent in the 50's. The teens get into trouble seemingly out of boredom.

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* GenreDeconstruction: The film deconstructs TeensAreMonsters films so prevalent in the 50's. The teens get into trouble seemingly out of boredom.boredom, peer-pressure, outlet for emotional need and engage in fairly shallow friendships and relationships.



* UnbuiltTrope: This film was critical of the TeensAreMonsters trope right as it took form in TheFifties. It's also a good deal more serious than the teenage movies that followed, dealing with repressed homosexuality, gun violence, and for its tackling of existentialist themes.

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* UnbuiltTrope: This film was critical of the TeensAreMonsters trope right as it took form in TheFifties. It's also a good deal more serious than the teenage movies that followed, dealing with repressed homosexuality, gun violence, the sense of growing up with the realization that earth is a meaningless speck in the universe, [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-rebel-without-a-cause-1955 and for its tackling of existentialist themes.themes]].
--> '''Creator/RogerEbert''': ''Like Hamlet's disgust at his mother's betrayal of his father, Jim's feelings mask a deeper malaise, a feeling that life is a pointless choice between being and not being. In France at the time, that was called [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} existentialism]], but in Jim's Los Angeles, rebels were not so articulate. The first time Jim talks with Judy (Natalie Wood), the girl next door, she's ready for him. "You live here, don't you?" he says. "Who lives?" she says.
18th Mar '17 11:43:29 AM nombretomado
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Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood, and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era. The film is directed by Creator/NicholasRay.

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Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood, Creator/JamesDean, Creator/NatalieWood, and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era. The film is directed by Creator/NicholasRay.
21st Feb '17 9:07:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* UnbuiltTrope: This film was critical of the TeensAreMonsters trope right as it took form in TheFifties. It's also a good deal more serious than the teenage movies that followed.

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* UnbuiltTrope: This film was critical of the TeensAreMonsters trope right as it took form in TheFifties. It's also a good deal more serious than the teenage movies that followed.followed, dealing with repressed homosexuality, gun violence, and for its tackling of existentialist themes.
16th Feb '17 2:26:04 PM JulianLapostat
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Ray's follow-up film, ''Film/BiggerThanLife'' is also set in StepfordSuburbia but unlike ''Rebel'' deals with the parents, specifically the protagonist is a school teacher (whereas here the protagonists are school students).
31st Jan '17 5:31:06 PM Luigifan
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Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era. The film is directed by Creator/NicholasRay.

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Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood NatalieWood, and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era. The film is directed by Creator/NicholasRay.



There is a "''Rebel Without A Cause'' curse". The film's three main stars (Dean, Wood and Mineo) all met tragic deaths at a young age, Dean before the film even opened.[[note]]They were 24, 43 and 37 years old, respectively, when they met their ends.[[/note]]

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There is a "''Rebel Without A Cause'' curse". The film's three main stars (Dean, Wood Wood, and Mineo) all met tragic deaths at a young age, Dean before the film even opened.[[note]]They were 24, 43 43, and 37 years old, respectively, when they met their ends.[[/note]]



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience / ColorMotif: Red is a reoccuring color throughout the movie. Jim's iconic red jacket and Judy's red lipstick both represent their disconnection with society and lack of strong role models. Theres even a subtle case with Buzz right before the game of chicken that [[spoiler:leads to his death.]] Before they do it, Jim asks Buzz something the lines of "Why are we doing this?" and Buzz, responding with something along the lines of "What else is there to do?" opens his jacket up while shrugging, and you can see the inside is red showing they are NotSoDifferent.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience / ColorMotif: Red is a reoccuring color throughout the movie. Jim's iconic red jacket and Judy's red lipstick both represent their disconnection with society and lack of strong role models. Theres There's even a subtle case with Buzz right before the game of chicken that [[spoiler:leads to his death.]] death]]. Before they do it, Jim asks Buzz something the lines of "Why are we doing this?" and Buzz, responding with something along the lines of "What else is there to do?" opens his jacket up while shrugging, and you can see the inside is red showing they are NotSoDifferent.



* {{Deconstruction}}: Possibly of teen delinquency films of TheFifties and also the generation gap between the "Greatest Generation" and the "Baby Boom" though neither of the terms existed at the time. Showing that children who live under the shadow of the atomic bomb and a formless universe and the lack of a great cause to fight war, no longer quite connect to their parents generation. (Though really Jim's generation should be the "Silent Generation," who experienced WWII in childhood.)
* {{Delinquents}}: The leads aren't this, but rather just misunderstood by their parents and struggling for their own identity. The gang meanwhile are a straighter example, although Buzz gets a line that says they do what they do mainly because they're bored.
* DysfunctionJunction: American families are dysfunctional, teenage gangs are dysfunctional, and the alternative idea of community of friends where Jim, Judy and Plato briefly engage for a few hours falls apart in confusion and mayhem because HumansAreFlawed. ''Rebel Without A Cause'' anticipated both TheSixties and the end of the sixties.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Possibly of teen delinquency films of TheFifties and also the generation gap between the "Greatest Generation" and the "Baby Boom" Boom", though neither of the terms existed at the time. Showing that children who live under the shadow of the atomic bomb and a formless universe and the lack of a great cause to fight war, no longer quite connect to their parents parents' generation. (Though really really, Jim's generation should be the "Silent Generation," who experienced WWII in childhood.)
* {{Delinquents}}: The leads aren't this, but rather just misunderstood by their parents and struggling for their own identity. The gang meanwhile gang, meanwhile, are a straighter example, although Buzz gets a line that says they do what they do mainly because they're bored.
* DysfunctionJunction: American families are dysfunctional, teenage gangs are dysfunctional, and the alternative idea of a community of friends where Jim, Judy Judy, and Plato briefly engage for a few hours falls apart in confusion and mayhem because HumansAreFlawed. ''Rebel Without A Cause'' anticipated both TheSixties and the end of the sixties.



* {{Existentialism}}: ''Rebel'' was one of the few mainstream American films to explore this concept. The Planetarium sequence entirely revolves around this. The universe is [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and empty, Earth is just a tiny part of this unfathomable vastness, and if and when the world ends, it will not be missed in the wider cosmos]], AdultsAreUseless and children more or less have to turn to each other to form their own community, first in self destructive gang fights, and later a community of friends that still end up falling apart because of their own confusion and jealousy.

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* {{Existentialism}}: ''Rebel'' was one of the few mainstream American films to explore this concept. The Planetarium sequence entirely revolves around this. The universe is [[CosmicHorrorStory vast and empty, Earth is just a tiny part of this unfathomable vastness, and if and when the world ends, it will not be missed in the wider cosmos]], AdultsAreUseless and children more or less have to turn to each other to form their own community, first in self destructive self-destructive gang fights, and later a community of friends that still end up falling apart because of their own confusion and jealousy.



* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad. His being unable to stand up to his wife as a significant character point for their kid. In one scene he even wears an apron. In the ''Fifties''.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad. His being unable to stand up to his wife as is a significant character point for their kid. In one scene scene, he even wears an apron. In the ''Fifties''.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: The kid that [[spoiler: Plato shoots]] in the mansion. Sure, he was [[spoiler: shot in the chest]]. He was also trying to help corner and possibly kill Plato and/or Jim.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The kid that [[spoiler: Plato [[spoiler:Plato shoots]] in the mansion. Sure, he was [[spoiler: shot [[spoiler:shot in the chest]]. He was also trying to help corner and possibly kill Plato and/or Jim.



* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending. Jim bursts into tears in his father's arms after [[spoiler: Plato is shot by the cops]].
* NiceGuy: In stark contrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kindhearted boy who unhesitatingly befriends, and stands up for the meek Plato on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and has enough of a conscience left that he practically leapt to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent... Though still narcissistic enough to expect to cut to the front of the line at the precinct.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Calling Jim chicken is is guaranteed BerserkButton.

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* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending. Jim bursts into tears in his father's arms after [[spoiler: Plato [[spoiler:Plato is shot by the cops]].
* NiceGuy: In stark contrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive sensitive, and kindhearted boy who unhesitatingly befriends, befriends and stands up for the meek Plato on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and has enough of a conscience left that he practically leapt to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent... Though though still narcissistic enough to expect to cut to the front of the line at the precinct.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Calling Jim chicken is is his guaranteed BerserkButton.



* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. Detective Ray Fremerick appears to be the OnlySaneMan at the start, and treats the delinquent teens with respect. Jim even goes to [[spoiler: try and report Buzz's death]] to him for this reason. The police who show up at the house later in the film however make things worse [[spoiler: by stunning Plato, causing him to run out. Not knowing that his gun is unloaded, they shoot at him]].
* PopTheTires: Buzz does it to Jim' car with a knife to provoke Jim. This eventually leads to a KnifeFight.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. Detective Ray Fremerick appears to be the OnlySaneMan at the start, and treats the delinquent teens with respect. Jim even goes to [[spoiler: try [[spoiler:try and report Buzz's death]] to him for this reason. The police who show up at the house later in the film however film, however, make things worse [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by stunning Plato, causing him to run out. Not knowing that his gun is unloaded, they shoot at him]].
* PopTheTires: Buzz does it to Jim' Jim's car with a knife to provoke Jim. This eventually leads to a KnifeFight.



* StepfordSuburbia: The story is set in an idyllic American Dream suburbia filled with dysfunction and neuroses - and it was made ''during'' the Fifties.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Plato.]]

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* StepfordSuburbia: The story is set in an idyllic American Dream suburbia filled with dysfunction and neuroses - -- and it was made ''during'' the Fifties.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Plato.[[spoiler:Plato.]]



* TenderTears: Jim weeping [[spoiler: for the death of Plato.]]
* ThreesomeSubtext: Sort of the whole idea of Jim + Plato + Judy—they're sort of a weird blend of a threesome and a family unit.

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* TenderTears: Jim weeping [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for the death of Plato.]]
Plato]].
* ThreesomeSubtext: Sort of the whole idea of Jim + Plato + Judy—they're Judy — they're sort of a weird blend of a threesome and a family unit.



-->'''Jim''': Then [[LampshadeHanging why are we]] doing this?

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-->'''Jim''': Then [[LampshadeHanging why are we]] we doing this?this?]]
21st Jan '17 7:43:11 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on this trope. However, in the film, he's actually a sensitive, kindhearted boy; Judy becomes attracted to him because he's kind to her. Her previous boyfriend was the gang leader Crunch.



* BringMeMyRedJacket: Jim wears the iconic red jacket for most of the film, [[spoiler:but lends it to Plato shortly before the latter is killed. When Jim's father arrives on the scene, he recognizes the jacket and thinks it's his son who's been shot]].



* CentralTheme: The need for grown ups to grow up. The realization that adults don't always have the answers to the larger questions in your life, and the need to be your own man without completely falling into cynicism.



* ColorMotif: Red is a reoccuring color throughout the movie. Jim's iconic red jacket and Judy's red lipstick both represent their disconnection with society and lack of strong role models. Theres even a subtle case with Buzz right before the game of chicken that [[spoiler:leads to his death.]] Before they do it, Jim asks Buzz something the lines of "Why are we doing this?" and Buzz, responding with something along the lines of "What else is there to do?" opens his jacket up while shrugging, and you can see the inside is red showing they are NotSoDifferent.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience / ColorMotif: Red is a reoccuring color throughout the movie. Jim's iconic red jacket and Judy's red lipstick both represent their disconnection with society and lack of strong role models. Theres even a subtle case with Buzz right before the game of chicken that [[spoiler:leads to his death.]] Before they do it, Jim asks Buzz something the lines of "Why are we doing this?" and Buzz, responding with something along the lines of "What else is there to do?" opens his jacket up while shrugging, and you can see the inside is red showing they are NotSoDifferent.



* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad.

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* GenreDeconstruction: The film deconstructs TeensAreMonsters films so prevalent in the 50's. The teens get into trouble seemingly out of boredom.
* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad. His being unable to stand up to his wife as a significant character point for their kid. In one scene he even wears an apron. In the ''Fifties''.
* IconicOutfit: Jim's red windbreaker with a white t-shirt and jeans.



* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Jim's parents are an adult version.



* StepfordSuburbia: The story is set in an idyllic American Dream suburbia filled with dysfunction and neuroses - and it was made ''during'' the Fifties.



* ThreesomeSubtext: Sort of the whole idea of Jim + Plato + Judy—they're sort of a weird blend of a threesome and a family unit.



* TroubledButCute: Jim opens the film getting hauled into the police station for underage drinking, and he freely participates in gang-related activities. But most of his problems stem from trouble at home, and he's a kind-hearted guy underneath it all. The bulk of the conflict comes from [[spoiler:him ducking gang members because he wants to go to the authorities about Buzz's death]].



* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb

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* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumbYouMustBeCold: Jim offers his jacket to Plato, who isn't female.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: The game of chicken.
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* RevisedEnding: An alternative ending was shot in which Plato falls from the tower of the planetarium.
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* CreatorCameo: Creator/NicholasRay is the doctor who appears at the end.
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* AfterActionPatchUp: Jim's father attempts to patch up his knife fight wounds but Jim runs out quickly again.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Famously with Plato towards Jim, whose interest looks like a PrecociousCrush. WordOfGod is that he told Sal Mineo to look at James Dean "the same way Natalie does" - and there was even a kiss between them scripted.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Plato is dead, but Jim's dad vows to be a stronger dad from now on, and Jim's parents seem to be on the road to being better parents.]]
* BlatantLies: Jim responds to his grandmother's line that everything will be fine with...
--> "Now, granny, if you tell any more lies like that, you're gonna turn to stone."



* CymbalBangingMonkey

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* CymbalBangingMonkeyCymbalBangingMonkey: Jim is seen playing with one during the opening credits.



* {{Delinquents}}
* DownerEnding
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Plato is dead, but Jim's dad vows to be a stronger dad from now on, and Jim's parents seem to be on the road to being better parents.]]

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* {{Delinquents}}
* DownerEnding
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Plato is dead,
{{Delinquents}}: The leads aren't this, but Jim's dad vows to be a stronger dad from now on, and Jim's rather just misunderstood by their parents seem to be on the road to being better parents.]]and struggling for their own identity. The gang meanwhile are a straighter example, although Buzz gets a line that says they do what they do mainly because they're bored.



* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending.

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* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending. Jim bursts into tears in his father's arms after [[spoiler: Plato is shot by the cops]].



* NobodyCallsMeChicken

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* NobodyCallsMeChickenNobodyCallsMeChicken: Calling Jim chicken is is guaranteed BerserkButton.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Played with. Detective Ray Fremerick appears to be the OnlySaneMan at the start, and treats the delinquent teens with respect. Jim even goes to [[spoiler: try and report Buzz's death]] to him for this reason. The police who show up at the house later in the film however make things worse [[spoiler: by stunning Plato, causing him to run out. Not knowing that his gun is unloaded, they shoot at him]].


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* ShirtlessScene: Jim gets one while he's changing after his knife fight.
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* CoolCar: Jim drives a 1949 Mercury Coupe.
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