After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) 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 (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.
Director: Nicholas Ray
Writer: Nicholas Ray, Irving Shulman and Stewart Stern
Producer: David Weisbart
Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, William Hopper, Rochelle Hudson, Virginia Brissac, Nick Adams, Jack Simmons, Dennis Hopper, Marietta Canty, Jack Grinnage, Beverly Long, Steffi Sidney, Frank Mazzola, Tom Bernard, Clifford Morris, Ian Wolfe, Edward Platt, Robert Foulk, Jimmy Baird, Dick Wessel and Nelson Leigh