Director Nicholas Ray’s classic drama about juvenile delinquents starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. The storyline takes place over a 24-hour period and follows Jim Stark (Dean), a restless teenager always in trouble with the law. His mother smothers him, while his father is weak and ineffectual and the family has only recently moved to Los Angeles to try and save Jim from a life of crime.
However, when Jim is picked up for being drunk and disorderly he notices Judy (Wood) at the police station and determines to ask her on a date at high school the next day. This leads him into conflict with Judy’s boyfriend, Buzz (Corey Allen). He is determined to prove himself with his new-found ‘friends’ by taking part in switchblade fights and a ‘chickie’ game where cars race to the edge of a seaside cliff.
The film was nominated for three Oscars, including nods for Wood and Mineo.