Rebel Without a Cause 1955 stars James Dean as a new kid on the block who has familial and social issues.
The US flag appears in the movie, most notably on Jim's first day of school. Since this film was made in 1955 only 48 stars are visible on the flag, as Hawaii and Alaska were not yet official states.
The neat synchronicity about this film is that James Dean plays as James in the movie, thus when acting and responding to his own name, it is as real as it gets.
The film opens up the door about the trials and tribulations of growing up in suburbia, fitting in, and how teenagers in their Suburban-Eden have a tendency to test their limits and challenge each other in stupidity, in the name of ego/reputation. Since this film was made in 1955 only 48 stars are visible on the flag.
Evey kid who has gone through a school district transfer in high school can relate to this film and appreciate the outsider, insider, duality.
The school day starts with the rising of the US flag, here the other star of the film Plato is seen riding his scooter.
The emblem of the school is here Jim accidentally steps on it and disrespects it.