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September 30, 1955 (1977)

PG | | Drama | 6 January 1978 (USA)
When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally,... See full summary »

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When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally, a tragedy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Tom Bonner, a college classmate of director James Bridges, was cast as a radio announcer, a job he held while in college. Tom was a weather man for many years at television station KARK in Little Rock. See more »

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References Giant (1956) See more »

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I Don't Hurt Anymore
Written by Don Robertson and Walter E. Rollins
Sung by Red Foley
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Good to a Point
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

September 30, 1955 (1977)

** (out of 4)

Coming of age film about a troubled teen (Richard Thomas) whose life falls apart when he hears that his idol James Dean has been killed. This is a rather nice homage to Dean and it was interesting seeing how some peoples lives were changed by his death but writer/director James Bridges makes one fatal mistake that kills the film and he makes the lead one of the biggest assholes who be in any movie I've seen. The main character played by Thomas thinks he is just like Dean so he tries being a rebel but instead his character comes off as a complete jerk. He's so bad that you can't help but wish someone would just beat the hell out of him. Lisa Blount plays another teen who ties to communicate with Dean through black magic while dressed up as Vampira. Tom Hulce, Susan Tyrrell and Dennis Quaid round out the cast.


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