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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Jackal
Floy Dean ...
Dr. Vivian Sheehan
Susan (as Denise Du Barry)
Anne-Marie Martin ...
Nancy (as Eddie Benton)
Noah Keen ...
Jim Arlett
June Dayton ...
Clara Berry
Vicki McLean ...
Inga Neilsen ...
Charles Pitt ...


On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly recovers, learning again to walk and talk. A comeback to the music industry seems impossible, but Jan's willingness to try and with Dean the duo aim for another chance.

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Based on a 'Rolling Stone' magazine feature article by Paul Morantz. See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At 37:50, Wolfman Jack introduces himself to Jan and Dean in a small town as "Bob Smith", manager and The Jackal at the local radio station. Wolfman Jack's real name is Robert Weston Smith. See more »


The Corvette that Jan drives down the highway to his crash changes from a silver 1967 Corvette convertible with sidepipes to a silver blue 1964 convertible with no sidepipes as it crashes into the truck. The Corvette he actually crashed was a 1966 Corvette. See more »


Jan Berry: I want to sing about what it feels like to drive 150 miles per hour.
[Visionary pause]
Jan Berry: We'll have a sound for summer. The surf, the girls, the cars, and at the center of it - at the center of it, the music of Jan and Dean.
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Featured in Behind the Music: Jan and Dean (1998) See more »


Dead Man's Curve
Written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson and Roger Christian and Artie Kornfeld
Performed by Jan Berry and Dean Torrence
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Great Movie!
22 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Great movie about singers Jan & Dean. It made me cry the first time I saw it. Richard Hatch actually studied Jan's walk and speech patterns in order to play the role. Dean provided memorabilia and Jan himself can be seen in the audience near the end. If this makes you curious about them, you can learn a whole heck of a lot more from the book DEAD MAN'S CURVE AND BACK - THE JAN & DEAN STORY by Mark Thomas Passmore. This can be bought at bookstores and Amazon.Com. The book really goes in depth with pictures and carries the story past where this TV movie revitalized their a career. Sort of a "sequel" in a way! Too bad Jan died last year, they were very cool in concert.

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