Rebel Without a Cause

A film (1955) adapted by Stewart Stern and Irving Shulman from the story ‘Blind Run’ by Robert M. Lindner. The rebel of the title is a rebellious teenager whose unruly behavior culminates in a death-defying challenge in which he and a rival drive their cars full speed towards the edge of a cliff. Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, the film acquired iconic status among the restless youth of the 1950s, Dean in particular often being referred to as the ‘rebel without a cause.'”

Excerpted from: Crofton, Ian, ed. Brewer’s Curious Titles. London: Cassell, 2002.

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