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[[caption-width-right:358:[-Misfit [[TrueCompanions best buddies]], '50s style!-] ]]
->''"You're tearing me ''apart!''"''
-->-- '''Jim Stark'''

Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era.

Dean is Jim Stark, a TroubledButCute 17-year-old with a messed-up home life. His mother (Ann Doran) prefers to move whenever a problem comes up rather than confront it and his father (Jim Backus) is a HenpeckedHusband who lets her do as she pleases. As a result, the Starks are constantly moving around and have just arrived in LosAngeles as the film opens. At his new HighSchool, Jim befriends Plato (Mineo), an AmbiguouslyGay innocent. Jim immediately finds himself up against Buzz (Corey Allen), the local JerkJock, but takes somewhat more kindly to Buzz's girlfriend Judy (Wood). Needless to say, she later becomes Jim's girlfriend. Most of the movie takes place on a night after a chicken race gone horribly wrong.

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.
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'''Tropes include:'''

* ActorAllusion: In one scene, Jim Stark mutters at his father (played by Jim Backus) in a Mr. Magoo-like voice. (Backus being, of course, the voice of Magoo.)
** James Dean played Cal [[{{SignificantAnagram}} Trask]] in EastOfEden.
* AdultsAreUseless: In some scenes.
* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have called him 'chicken.'
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Being only implied to be gay doesn't protect Plato from this trope.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: "You're tearing me ''apart!''"; "I got the bullets!" Everyone else occasionally chips in as well. Of note is Judy's reaction when [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome the phone rings]].
* CoolLoser: ''James Dean'' is a high school outcast.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright ''villainous'', figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on the fact that AllGirlsWantBadBoys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. See NiceGuy for more details.
* CymbalBangingMonkey
* TheDanza: James Dean plays James "Jim" Stark.
* DawsonCasting: Mineo and Wood are the right age; Dean is 24 and looks it, enough that his romances with the other two feel a bit {{squick}}y.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Possibly of teen delinquency films of the 50's.
* {{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.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Keep an eye out for an eighteen year old Dennis Hopper.
** And Ray Fremick is [[Series/GetSmart The Chief]].
*** Don't forget Frank Stark is [[GilligansIsland Thurston Howell III]].
* InNameOnly: Has nothing to do with the earlier book ''Rebel Without A Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath''.
* 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.
* LapPillow: Jim and Judy, as seen in the above screenshot.
* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending.
* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-hearted boy who unhesitantly 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 a conscience so solid he practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken
* NoNameGiven: Judy's last name is not revealed.
* ParentalIncest: It's hinted that Judy's father might have a suppressed attraction for her. He refuses to show affection for her, stating that she's "getting too old for that kind of stuff", and when she kisses him, he slaps her.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jim Backus.
* PrettyInMink
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ray Fremick, whose first name is the last name of the film's director, Nicholas Ray. Coincidence? You decide.
* RebelRelaxation: TropeNamer.
* SleepingSingle: Judy's parents, as you can see [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_v27hJrrgr_A/SOa74n_q6sI/AAAAAAAAUO4/G4gUZsiSrd4/s1600-h/T-226553.jpg here]].
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Plato]]
* TeensAreMonsters: But only because there are no adults to properly guide them.
* TenderTears: Jim weeping [[spoiler: for the death of Plato.]]
* TrueCompanions: Jim, Judy and Plato, as seen in the above screen shot.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Rebel'' was supposed to be black & white. The decision to shoot the film in color meant less pay for extras which is why there were few extras in the knife fight scene.
* WordOfGay: Plato is supposed to be gay, but the censors at the time wouldn't let them say it, so it's only implied.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb
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[[caption-width-right:358:[-Misfit [[TrueCompanions best buddies]], '50s style!-] ]]
->''"You're tearing me ''apart!''"''
-->-- '''Jim Stark'''

Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, NatalieWood and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era.

Dean is Jim Stark, a TroubledButCute 17-year-old with a messed-up home life. His mother (Ann Doran) prefers to move whenever a problem comes up rather than confront it and his father (Jim Backus) is a HenpeckedHusband who lets her do as she pleases. As a result, the Starks are constantly moving around and have just arrived in LosAngeles as the film opens. At his new HighSchool, Jim befriends Plato (Mineo), an AmbiguouslyGay innocent. Jim immediately finds himself up against Buzz (Corey Allen), the local JerkJock, but takes somewhat more kindly to Buzz's girlfriend Judy (Wood). Needless to say, she later becomes Jim's girlfriend. Most of the movie takes place on a night after a chicken race gone horribly wrong.

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.
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'''Tropes include:'''

* ActorAllusion: In one scene, Jim Stark mutters at his father (played by Jim Backus) in a Mr. Magoo-like voice. (Backus being, of course, the voice of Magoo.)
** James Dean played Cal [[{{SignificantAnagram}} Trask]] in EastOfEden.
* AdultsAreUseless: In some scenes.
* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have called him 'chicken.'
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Being only implied to be gay doesn't protect Plato from this trope.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: "You're tearing me ''apart!''"; "I got the bullets!" Everyone else occasionally chips in as well. Of note is Judy's reaction when [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome the phone rings]].
* CoolLoser: ''James Dean'' is a high school outcast.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright ''villainous'', figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on the fact that AllGirlsWantBadBoys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. See NiceGuy for more details.
* CymbalBangingMonkey
* TheDanza: James Dean plays James "Jim" Stark.
* DawsonCasting: Mineo and Wood are the right age; Dean is 24 and looks it, enough that his romances with the other two feel a bit {{squick}}y.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Possibly of teen delinquency films of the 50's.
* {{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.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Mr. Frank Stark, Jim's dad.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Keep an eye out for an eighteen year old Dennis Hopper.
** And Ray Fremick is [[Series/GetSmart The Chief]].
*** Don't forget Frank Stark is [[GilligansIsland Thurston Howell III]].
* InNameOnly: Has nothing to do with the earlier book ''Rebel Without A Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath''.
* 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.
* LapPillow: Jim and Judy, as seen in the above screenshot.
* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending.
* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-hearted boy who unhesitantly 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 a conscience so solid he practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken
* NoNameGiven: Judy's last name is not revealed.
* ParentalIncest: It's hinted that Judy's father might have a suppressed attraction for her. He refuses to show affection for her, stating that she's "getting too old for that kind of stuff", and when she kisses him, he slaps her.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jim Backus.
* PrettyInMink
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ray Fremick, whose first name is the last name of the film's director, Nicholas Ray. Coincidence? You decide.
* RebelRelaxation: TropeNamer.
* SleepingSingle: Judy's parents, as you can see [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_v27hJrrgr_A/SOa74n_q6sI/AAAAAAAAUO4/G4gUZsiSrd4/s1600-h/T-226553.jpg here]].
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Plato]]
* TeensAreMonsters: But only because there are no adults to properly guide them.
* TenderTears: Jim weeping [[spoiler: for the death of Plato.]]
* TrueCompanions: Jim, Judy and Plato, as seen in the above screen shot.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Rebel'' was supposed to be black & white. The decision to shoot the film in color meant less pay for extras which is why there were few extras in the knife fight scene.
* WordOfGay: Plato is supposed to be gay, but the censors at the time wouldn't let them say it, so it's only implied.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb
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** And Ray Fremick is [[GetSmart [[Series/GetSmart The Chief]].

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* {{Delinquents}}


Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era.

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Teen drama from TheFifties in which JamesDean, Natalie Wood NatalieWood and Sal Mineo deal with {{Angst}}. Notably averts the TeensAreMonsters mindset of the era.


* {{Tearjerker}}: STAND UP FOR ME!!
** [[spoiler: Plato's death, Jim tearfully embracing his father as they reconcile.]]

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* MenDontCry: Averted in the ending.


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* {{Tearjerker}}: STAND UP FOR ME!!
** [[spoiler: Plato's death, Jim tearfully embracing his father as they reconcile.]]

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* TenderTears: Jim weeping [[spoiler: for the death of Plato.]]


* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-hearted boy who unhesitantly befriends and stands up for the meek Horatio on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and has a conscience so solid he practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.

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* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-hearted boy who unhesitantly befriends and stands up for the meek Horatio Plato on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and has a conscience so solid he practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.


* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-heared boy who unhesitantly befriends and stands up for the meek Horatio on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.

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* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-heared kind-hearted boy who unhesitantly befriends and stands up for the meek Horatio on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and has a conscience so solid he practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.


* CoversAlwaysLie: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on the fact that AllGirlsWantBadBoys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. See NiceGuy for more details.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, ''villainous'', figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on the fact that AllGirlsWantBadBoys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. See NiceGuy for more details.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Jim is portrayed as a violent and menacing, if not downright villainous, figure in the promotional posters, no doubt to capitalize on the fact that AllGirlsWantBadBoys. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. See NiceGuy for more details.


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* NiceGuy: In stark conrast to how to promotions made him out to be, Jim is a decent, gentle, sensitive and kind-heared boy who unhesitantly befriends and stands up for the meek Horatio on his first day of school, takes care of people who have shown him kindness, and practically LEAPT to take responsibility for the death of his drag-race opponent. Now if only his loser HenpeckedHusband of a father was strong enough to stand by him when he needs him, he is MORE than capable of becoming a respectable member of adult society.


** James Dean played Carl [[{{SignificantAnagram}} Trask]] in EastOfEden.

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** James Dean played Carl Cal [[{{SignificantAnagram}} Trask]] in EastOfEden.

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** James Dean played Carl [[{{SignificantAnagram}} Trask]] in EastOfEden.

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