Rebel Without a Cause script
Synopsis: The landmark teen film that solidified Dean's image with the public follows the story of rebellious middle-class teens, disenfranchised with their parents, and given to a life of thuggery and deadly dangerous drag racing to win over women.


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The MAN fumbles in his pocket, finds a pack and drops it in

his nervousness. The FIGURES wait until he picks it up. He

offers one to BUZZ.



Filter tips.


(smiling, encouraging)

You smoke it. Smoke it, Dad.

Smiling uncertainly, the MAN puts the cigarette in his mouth.

BUZZ, still smiling, takes out a packet of wooden matches.



I'll light it for you, Dad.

BUZZ ignites a match and holds it near the Man's face for a

second, searching it. Then he ignites the whole box under

his nose. The MAN shrieks, and his packages fall. BUZZ

slaps him sharply, his smile gone.

The camera pans away as the figures enclose him, and holds

on a small mechanical monkey which has dropped from its

wrappings. It begins to dance madly on the pavement, then

runs down.

The feet of the figures scatter past the unmoving monkey.

Then camera rises to show that the man has disappeared.

There is a moment of awful stillness, then we see a boy

coming down the street alone. He is quite drunk, and he

slips once. This is JIM, a good-looking kid of seventeen

with a crew-cut and wearing a good suit. The spilled

packages on the pavement stop him. He bends down to see

what they are and picks up the mechanical monkey from the

wreckage. He smiles and winds it up. He sets it on the

sidewalk and sits down. He watches it dance for a moment,

happily. A siren is heard distantly, growing louder. JIM

pays no attention to it as he winds the monkey again and

releases it for its dance.


siren rises piercingly close, and JIM looks up, we:

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Stewart Stern

Stewart Henry Stern was a two-time Oscar-nominated and Emmy award-winning American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the iconic film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean. more…

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