PG-13 | | Drama
Nicholas Ray claimed that he wanted the film to work beyond the juvenile delinquency newspaper headlines and films of the day, like The Wild One (1953). Instead, Ray strove for a classical tone, and claimed Romeo and Juliet as inspiration, "the best play written about 'juvenile ... ...
First police officer:
Get up, get up. Mixed up in that beating on 12th street, huh?
Second police officer: No. Plain drunkenness.
After the "chickie run", Jim is shown laying on his living room couch watching his mother coming down the stairs. His head is tilted back, and the camera switches to show the scene from Jim's perspective, with his mother initially seen upside down, then slowly turning to right side up as Jim turns his head. But in the last moment of this shot, Jim's head is shown -- an impossibility since the shot is supposed to show what Jim is seeing.
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