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Directed by Laslo Benedek
Johnny is the charismatic leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, who collides with a rival gang called the Beetles in a small, sleepy town. Brando in his black leather motorcycle jacket and white cap is one of the most iconic images of the 1950s. Johnny inspired James Dean and countless others and women fell for his bad boy charm. The script gave the world a famous quote too. When asked what he is rebelling against, Johnny answers, “whaddya got?”
Directed by Nicholas Ray
In a story that still resonates today, Jim Stark represents teenagers’ troubled relationships with their parents. The white t-shirt and blue jeans is classic and much copied, and the moody but sincere demeanor is a template for all rebels to come. Struggling to define what makes a man, and with no direction from his father, he gets involved in a knife fight and a ‘chicken’ car race. The three teenage leads of Dean with Natalie Wood as Judy and Sal Mineo as Plato form a support group as a substitute for their own dysfunctional families. Everyone watching feels Jim’s pain.
Directed by John Sturgis
It’s hard to imagine anyone but the icon of cool, Steve McQueen, playing the role of Captain Hilts. The movie is a version of true events depicting a mass escape by WWII prisoners from Stalag Luft III. Hilts is a thorn in the side of the guards and repeatedly attempts to escape. His punishment is solitary confinement in the ‘cooler,’ resulting in his ‘Cooler King’ nickname. McQueen’s portrayal of laid-back rebellion is the highlight of an otherwise, conventional film. Two images dominate and they are Hilts bouncing a baseball against the wall in his cell and the famous motorcycle scene when he has to jump the fence to escape the pursuing guards.
Directed by Richard Attenborough
There are rebels who take up arms and make a lot of noise and there is Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi looks frail and unassuming as he quietly spins cotton on his spinning wheel but he has an inner resolve that brings about a revolution, resulting in independence for India from British rule. This is achieved through an intelligent strategy of non-violent civil disobedience. Gandhi took on the might of the British Empire and won.
Directed by John Hughes
Rebels can be cute and funny too as Ferris Bueller shows. His elaborate plan to skip school is not just for his own benefit. He wants to share his day off and love of life with his girlfriend, Sloane and best friend, Cameron. As his famous quote goes, “life goes by so fast that if you don't stop and look around, you might miss it.” His enthusiasm for the ensuing adventures is infectious but there is a more sensitive side to the teenager’s efforts. He wants to bring some joy and self-confidence to Cameron, a nervous boy who craves affection from his father. This is a comedic spin on alienation between the generations and there is a great scene with a red Ferrari.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Paul Newman as Luke Jackson
Luke is sentenced to a Florida chain gang for a petty crime. His subsequent battles with the prison captain and his guards take on mythic proportions for his fellow inmates who hero worship him. Luke makes several escape attempts only to be recaptured and put in solitary confinement. The system works to crush his spirit and conditions are harsh but he won’t give up.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Susan Sarandon as Louise Sawyer and Geena Davis as Thelma Dickinson
This is a rebellious double act and one that flew the flag for feminism. Finding your own identity away from a male dominated society is one thing but would you drive over a cliff for it? The two friends decide to spice up their lives by going on a road trip and they lap up their new freedom away from their partners. Everything unravels following an attempted rape on Thelma and the two become fleeing outlaws as they stick up for themselves in various encounters. The final freeze frame of the car in mid-air as they choose inevitable death over capture became a visual metaphor for sisters doing it for themselves.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
A rebel from 70BC, Spartacus is the poster boy for the oppressed workers of the world. Douglas is perfectly cast as the slave who leads a rebellion against Imperial Rome. His good looks, an athletic build and fighting prowess make the character an old fashioned, straightforward type of rebel. Spartacus finds love on the way and meets his inevitable end with stoicism and dignity.
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Many actors have played Robin Hood but Errol Flynn is considered the definitive interpreter of the role. He is every schoolboy’s fantasy, living in the woods and leading a band of outlaws. He swings from the trees, he courts a fair maiden and he always finds his target with his trusty bow and arrow. He even manages to make tights look manly. What a guy!
Directed by Norman Jewison
The movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera took the original concept album and stage production to the big screen. Ted Neeley, a largely unknown actor before and since the role, brings an impressive range of emotions to the most revered rebel in history. Christ is dignified throughout, as his last remaining days lead to the inevitable crucifixion. He is compassionate, angry, frightened, and bewildered.
With the advent of Oscar season, Hollywood veteran Leonardo DiCaprio has once again been nominated for Best Actor. Will this be the year that he finally takes the prize home? While we wait for Oscar night, let’s look back at some of his greatest performances.
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As the star of some of the most profitable and beloved films of the past decade, it seems only fitting that we take a moment and reflect on the career of Christian Bale. For decades this Welsh-born actor has made a name for himself as an incredibly devoted, committed, and dedicated professional. Here are ten of his greatest performances.
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