After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local girl Judy. However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz. When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

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  1. Nicholas Ray

    Author, Director

  2. Stewart Stern


  3. Irving Shulman


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  1. James Dean

    James Dean

    Jim Stark

  2. Natalie Wood

    Natalie Wood


  3. Sal Mineo

    Sal Mineo

    John 'Plato' Crawford

  4. Ann Doran

    Ann Doran

    Mrs. Carol Stark

  5. Jim Backus

    Jim Backus

    Frank Stark

  6. Corey Allen

    Corey Allen

    Buzz Gunderson

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget $1,500,000.00

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • October 27, 1955
    PG-13, Theatrical



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