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
Julian Burton ...
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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Robert Kenton ...
Mechanic
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Reva Randall
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Jan (as Heather Menzies)
Jack Murdock ...
Judge
James O'Connell ...
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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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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[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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