I look back on The Fifties now and think it was halcyon. People were still being educated, there wasn't a race war on...it seems like a kind of paradise. But at the time that we were living through it, we thought that we were in a decade of such towering dullness and stupidity.
—Jay Presson Allen
The real rebel seems to be the Sal Mineo character. He's got something to be rebellious about, namely being gay in a homophobic society. And he of course has to be killed - that's what happens to real rebels in our society.