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.

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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.

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19 February 1976 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Narrator: 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.
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Stephen Mchattie: Excellent portrayal !
24 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie proved to be very interesting, as I did not know James Deans movies and life story. The only complaint I have is the quality of the movie sound was awful.I would rate this film on a scale of 1-10 for acting ability, and continuity of story as a definite 10 hands down! Its just too bad that this was not made by a major studio film with higher production standards. The introduction of James Deans Sexuality was done tastefully ,and did not distract from the movies documentary of the actors life story. As a summary, a movie well worth watching and an enjoyable experience. When he (James Dean) learns about the death of the girl who wrote him about her problems, This was the turning point of his decent into total depression. At this point I feel this is when his career started to fall apart.


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