Rebel Without A Cause

On the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Greatest American Films of All Time

You're tearing me apart!

James Dean shocked the world when he appeared in “Rebel Without a Cause” in 1955. And he shocked the world again when he died on Sept. 30, 1955, at age 24, a month before the opening of the film. Dean became an icon because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. So did Leonard Rosenman the composer of “Rebel” and “East of Eden” as Mr. Rosenman supported himself by teaching piano in his early years. One pupil was a young actor named James Dean. After Mr. Dean was cast in “East of Eden,” he introduced Mr. Rosenman to the film’s director, Elia Kazan. Mr. Kazan hired Mr. Rosenman to write the score for “Rebel”.

Program Information

Film Credits

James Dean — Jim Stark
Natalie Wood — Judy
Sal Mineo — John “Plato” Crawford
Jim Backus — Frank Stark
Ann Doran — Mrs. Carol Stark
Corey Allen — Buzz Gunderson
William Hopper — Judy’s Father
Rochelle Hudson — Judy’s Mother
Dennis Hopper — Goon


Screenplay by
Stewart Stern


Adaptation by
Irving Schulman


Directed by
Nicholas Ray


Music by
Leonard Rosenman


Film Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Production Credits

Producer: John Goberman

Live orchestral adaptation by: Scott Dunn

Technical Supervisor: Pat McGillen

Music Preparation: Stephen Biagini


Running Time: 111 minutes


The producer wishes to acknowledge the contributions and extraordinary support of John Waxman (Themes & Variations).

A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York) and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.


3 Flutes (3rd doubles Piccolo and Alto Flute)
2 Oboes (2nd doubles English Horn)
3 Clarinets
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax (doubles Tenor Sax)
2 Bassoons (2nd doubles Contrabassoon)


3 Horns
3 Trumpets
3 Trombones




Percussion (4 or 5 players):
bass drum, small bass drum, chimes, cymbal, small cymbal, hi hat, gong, marimba, piatti, snare drum, large snare drum, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, triangle, vibraphone, xylophone




2 Pianos (1st doubles Celesta*, 2nd doubles Celesta* and Novachord or Synthesizer**)



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