James Dean became a national symbol for '50s teen angst in director Nicholas Ray's powerful character study of alienated youth. Dean stars as new kid in town Jim Stark, who faces problems at school, deals with his parents' constant arguing, participates in knife fights and chicken races, and finds friendship with fellow outcast Plato (Sal Mineo) and the beautiful Judy (Natalie Wood). With Jim Backus, Dennis Hopper. 111 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.