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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William Bast
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Beverly
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Ray
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Chris White
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James Whitmore
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Dizzy Sheridan
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Claire Folger
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Reva Randall
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Jan (as Heather Menzies)
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Mr. Robbins
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Arlene
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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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James Dean: Portrait of a Friend  »

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Christine White, who plays a secretary, was once James Dean's real life girlfriend and were both accepted into the Actors Studio. See more »

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[opening narration]
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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A beautiful portrayal of one of Hollywood's legends!

I have only seen one James Dean film, but like most people I know his basic life story. Hiring this I got what I expected - a nice portrayal of James Dean, from his early days on broadway to his difficult years to the fame and the tragic end at age 24. This is a very entertaining movie only let down by the silly start. But still, well worth a watch!


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