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Rebel without a cause

Language and/or Subtitles: English
French
Spanish
Format: DVD 2005
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 13 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Video DVD-REBELW
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
 
Collection  Video
 
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CLP - Knoxville Audiovisual Collection DVD R
Location  CLP - Knoxville
 
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
 
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD DVD Rebel
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Collection  Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD
 
Call Number  DVD Rebel
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Audio Visual DVD R
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Collection  Audio Visual
 
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Monroeville Public Library Video DVD Reb
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Collection  Video
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Movies DVD REBEL
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Collection  Movies
 
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North Versailles Public Library DVD NVDVD 2912
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Collection  DVD
 
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Videos DVD Rebel Without a Cause
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Call Number  DVD Rebel Without a Cause
 
 
Sewickley Public Library AV - DVDs DVD REB
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Moon Township Public Library Audiovisual IN TRANSIT
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Summary
This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his appearance-conscious parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran) to move from one town to another. The film's tormented central characters are all introduced during a single night-court session, presided over by well-meaning social worker Ray (Edward Platt). Jimmy, arrested on a drunk-and-disorderly charge, screams "You're tearing me apart!" as his blind-sided parents bicker with one another over how best to handle the situation. Judy (Natalie Wood) is basically a good kid but behaves wildly out of frustration over her inability to communicate with her deliberately distant father (William Hopper). (The incestuous subtext of this relationship is discreetly handled, but the audience knows what's going on in the minds of Judy and her dad at all times.) And Plato (Sal Mineo), who is so sensitive that he threatens to break apart like porcelain, has taken to killing puppies as a desperate bid for attention from his wealthy, always absent parents. The next morning, Jimmy tries to start clean at a new high school, only to run afoul of local gang leader Buzz (Corey Allen), who happens to be Judy's boyfriend. Anxious to fit in, Jimmy agrees to settle his differences with a nocturnal "Chickie Run": he and Buzz are to hop into separate stolen cars, then race toward the edge of a cliff; whoever jumps out of the car first is the "chickie." When asked if he's done this sort of thing before, Jimmy lies, "That's all I ever do." This wins him the undying devotion of fellow misfit Plato. At the appointed hour, the Chickie Run takes place, inaugurated by a wave of the arms from Judy. The cars roar toward the cliff; Jimmy is able to jump clear, but Buzz, trapped in the driver's set when his coat gets caught on the door handle, plummets to his death. In the convoluted logic of Buzz' gang, Jimmy is held responsible for the boy's death. For the rest of the evening, he is mercilessly tormented by Buzz' pals, even at his own doorstep. After unsuccessfully trying to sort things out with his weak-willed father, Jimmy runs off into the night. He links up with fellow "lost souls" Judy and Plato, hiding out in an abandoned palatial home and enacting the roles of father, mother, and son. For the first time, these three have found kindred spirits -- but the adults and kids who have made their lives miserable haven't given up yet, leading to tragedy. Out of the bleakness of the finale comes a ray of hope that, at last, Jimmy will be truly understood. Rebel Without a Cause began as a case history, written in 1944 by Dr. Robert Lindner. Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, the property was shelved until Brando's The Wild One (1953) opened floodgates for films about crazy mixed-up teens. Director Nicholas Ray, then working on a similar project, was brought in to helm the film version. His star was James Dean, fresh from Warners' East of Eden. Ray's low budget dictated that the new film be lensed in black-and-white, but when East of Eden really took off at the box office, the existing footage was scrapped and reshot in color. This was great, so far as Ray was concerned, inasmuch as he had a predilection for symbolic color schemes. James Dean's hot red jacket, for example, indicated rebellion, while his very blue blue jeans created a near luminescent effect (Ray had previously used the same vivid color combination on Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar). As part of an overall bid for authenticity, real-life gang member Frank Mazzola was hired as technical advisor for the fight scenes. To extract as natural a performance as possible from Dean, Ray redesigned the Stark family's living room set to resemble Ray's own home, where Dean did most of his rehearsing. Speaking of interior sets, the mansion where the three troubled teens hide out had previously been seen as the home of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Of the reams of on-set trivia concerning Rebel, one of the more amusing tidbits involves Dean's quickie in-joke impression of cartoon character Mr. Magoo -- whose voice was, of course, supplied by Jim Backus, who played Jimmy's father. Viewing the rushes of this improvisation, a clueless Warner Bros. executive took Dean to task, saying in effect that if he must imitate an animated character, why not Warners' own Bugs Bunny? Released right after James Dean's untimely death, Rebel Without a Cause netted an enormous profit. The film almost seems like a eulogy when seen today, since so many of its cast members -- James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams -- died young. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Contents
disc 1. Movie
disc 2. Special features.

Additional Information
Subjects Teenagers -- Drama.
Problem youth -- Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2005
Edition Two-disc special ed., Widescreen.
Contributors Stern, Stewart.
Weisbart, David.
Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979.
Dean, James, 1931-1955.
Wood, Natalie.
Mineo, Sal, 1939-1976.
Backus, Jim.
Doran, Ann.
Allen, Corey, 1934-2010.
Hopper, William, 1915-1970.
Rosenman, Leonard.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
First National Pictures, Inc.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, William Hopper.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Ernest Haller ; editor, William Ziegler ; music, Leonard Rosenman.
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13; for some violence and thematic elements.
Language English
French
Spanish
In English or French; with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.
Special features: disc 1. Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb; theatrical trailer -- disc 2. Rebel without a cause: defiant innocents documentary; vintage documentary James Dean remembered; additional scenes (without sound); 3 segments from the Warner Bros. presents TV series including Dean's "Drive safely" commercial spot; rare screen and wardrobe tests.
System Details DVD; region 1; widescreen presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (English) and mono (French).
Description 2 videodiscs (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419810758
1419804979
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