Overall Rank: 804
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 83
Theatrical Release Date: 04/10/1955
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Elia Kazan
Actors: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Albert Dekker
Plot: In Salinas Valley, California, WWI looms as Cal Trask, a defiant, confused young man comes to terms with his estranged mother, his perfect brother and kind, yet distant father. -- Chris Kavan
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Snoogans - wrote on 02/04/2014
In his first starring role, James Dean proves to be a terrific dramatic actor. Though, being a bit older than the part, he encompasses all the strife and angst of a troubled teen perfectly. It's a great emotional performance in an emotionally charged story.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/09/2011
The plight of a beaten down family is realized beautifully amid the setting of pre-WWII wine country. James Dean is fantastic here - completely engrossed in his character and hitting every right emotional note. This is one of the best Steinbeck adaptations, along with Grapes of Wrath, and Dean's best performance of his short career.
sapien - wrote on 01/02/2011
I didn't think I'd like this movie as much as I did. I certainly didn't think it'd wind up being an anti-war movie. The fact that it is, made it all that much better. I still don't quite understand James Dean's constant slouching though.
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Ichabod Crane - wrote on 10/20/2009
A good film about the people in a town during world war two and the troubles involving a family that is rather biblical like. Although the film can be heavy handed in some scenes which is kind of Steinbeck's style but mostly it strives from that well. The different relationship in the movie are interesting especially between the father and the son and the biblical allegory works better then I thought it would. Although still some scenes do not work perfectly, the brother's transformation feels very unnatural, and some times the acting styles can conflict a little too much but all in all it is good.
Oscar nomination Best Actor James Dean 5/5- He sure is mannered but he also is very effective too. Although his constant looking at the ground and odd movements can sometimes conflict …
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