Rebel without a Cause 3.0 stars

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Nicholas Ray's studious, textbook illustration of adolescent alienation as it was understood in the 1950s. The mixed-up kids (James Dean, Sal Mineo, and Natalie Wood, the last-named turning in a fine, tense, sensual sixteen-year-old performance) are treated with a social worker's tolerance, while their insensitive parents, to be repaid in kind, are treated very insensitively -- Jim Backus dressed in a ruffled apron, William Hopper wiping off a lipsticky smooch from his "glamorpuss" daughter, etc. 1955.

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