Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

92EPISODE # 18:  After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid’s real troubles begin.
Is it possible that James Dean was miscast in one of the most iconic roles of all time? One of us thinks so. James and Lara discuss the lasting impact of a terrific actor who made only three films, the appeal of bad boys, and some very cool things about one of the settings in the film. Hint: It was used in another iconic movie that we have reviewed. Grab a red leather jacket, white t-shirt, and jeans, and join us!

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