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  • RELEASED: 1955
  • RUNTIME: 111 mins
  • WRITTEN BY: Nicholas Ray, Stewart Stern
  • DIRECTED BY: Nicholas Ray
  • STARRING: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Ann Doran, Jim Backus, Corey Allen, William Hopper, Rochelle Hudson

An engrossing, subtle and meaningful examination of lost teens who simply don’t have enough love and affection in their lives. The characters are all so well developed and the story is brilliantly told. And of course there’s James Dean, showing that he’s one of the greatest there’s ever been. One of my favorite performances of all time. And man, that ending is a keeper.