juvenile, Jim Stark (James Dean), falls victim to a society dooming
him to being a delinquent.
meets up with (becomes father figure to) boy (Plato) who hangs on
to him. Early on a friendly police officer gives Jim a break or
this could quite easily have become a prison drama. Judy (Natalie
Wood) (she with the big red lips at one point in the movie) is equally
troubled by the relationship with her father.
three souls all meet up but trouble is only a heartbeat away...
three heroes go to a Mansion to hide from trouble, but trouble soon
comes a'knockin. Plato shoots his handgun and the police are called.
siege situation is ended when Plato runs out, shooting. Police shoot
him dead. Jim cries, hugging his father's leg.
James Dean, you quintessential essence of juvenile delinquency in
our 1950's, pre Elvis, world. A consummate performance by a 24 year
old still at High School, with all the angst riddenness that situation
claustrophobic endeavor, with our hero trying to be accepted, but
not being, due to a society full of spittle, cars to trash and not
enough warmth for a group hug. A perfectly ordinary soul looking
for a reason for his delinquency, but where to look? - 'tis his
society at fault, not our little Jim's. Then the killing starts...
Jim is unable to stop the execution of Plato by the 'boys in blue',
who shoot, after Plato shoots at them first - thus bringing an end
to that siege that is all our teenage lives.
the Lord, in a very loud voice, they didn't make this movie in the
1970's as those '70s fashions would have made this a laughing stock.