It's a shame the story is really quite silly, as otherwise it's a fine movie and gets better as it goes. One thing that really grates is that most of the supposed high school kids don't look at all like high school kids. James Dean was 24 at the time and neither looked nor acted like a 16 year old. The story could easily have been tweaked to involve older kids.
There are movies that stand the test of time and actually feel relevant and make us still feel something so real half a century later. For these movies I reserve the name "classic." For me, this movie is not a classic. Compared to today's brilliant romance dramas, this falls far from being significant
Good movie but it was kind of like a flat line. There was a little bit of action and there was a death or two, but i didn't FEEl anything. There was a little character development but not enough to make me relate or like the characters alot. the ending was bad.
My friend and I both found this hard to watch, almost found it boring. Not really sure why this is a so called 'classic'.
I liked it a lot, and now have a big ol' crush on James Dean. It is one of those films that are 'must see'.
it was quite good, but my wife really loved it.
A good movie if rather dated. Solid acting from the leads but the story was a bit drippy. For someone who was supposed to be madly in love with the boofhead who drove off the cliff, Natalie Wood seemed remarkably unperterbed when he karked it. Mind you, who would be? James Dean was rivetting, especially with his anguished cry to his horrible parents: "You're tearing me apart!" Sale Mineo played an unexpectedly excellent part & deserved his Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Classic gotta see, but I was disappointed after all the hype.
It exceeded my expection. Almost 50 years on, this movie still captured my heart-and my breath too-it's moving, intense, thrilling, had every element a great movie suppose to have: characters, stories, and performances. It surprised me the pace was fast. And how touched I was to see the little boy enjoyed a brief happiness with Jim(James Dean) and Sandy (Natalie Wood).