As an actor who spoke for an entire generation, James Dean brought his explosive presence to the screen in Nicholas Ray's tense, exciting melodrama (Variety). Oscar-nominees and Golden Globe-winners Natalie Wood (Splendor in the Grass) and Sal Mineo (Exodus) both earned Oscar nominations for their powerful performances in this realistic journey through a turbulent teenage universe of violence and delinquency. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing. The Library of Congress honored this classic by including it in the National Film Registry. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 75 greatest American films of all time.
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