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A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.
19 February 1976 (USA)
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Also Known As:
James Dean: Portrait of a Friend
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
In the early 1950s, this film's director Robert Butler
worked at CBS Television in charge of the studio audience ushers. James Dean
got a job there as an usher through his friend, William Bast
(who wrote this film), who was also an usher. Butler was unimpressed with Dean's "abilities" and fired him. See more
His name was James Byron Dean. He was an actor. He died in 1955 at the age of 24. He had starred in just three pictures, only one of which had been released prior to his death. Yet before he was in his grave he was already a myth. What you are about to see is one man's recollection - an image of the actor as seen through the eyes of a friend. Like all memories in is intensely personal, elusive and incomplete - yet it refuses to die.