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James Dean (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  4 August 2001 (USA)
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A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his personal life, most notably the difficult relationship with his father. Written by Mario

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Forever Young. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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James Dean: An Invented Life  »

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In the film, the character, James Dean, refers to his Triumph T110 as the one used by Marlon Brando in The Wild One. In fact, Brando rode his 650cc 6T Triumph Thunderbird in that film. See more »

Goofs

When young James Dean is lying in bed he is on his back with his left hand beside his head when his mothers enters the room. In the next shot his is lying on his left side with both hands in front of his head. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
James Dean: I took the train right back to Indiana again. This time my father came with me.
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Most of this film was based on fact... some was an educated guess. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Wonderful
5 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful. James Franco brilliantly channels James Dean in what is easily one of the best made-for-television movies ever made. Franco delivers a knockout performance in his portrayal of one of the most celebrated teen idols of all time.

The movie opens with Dean filming a scene from East of Eden, adding his own personal twist to the shot. A focused relationship of this film is the one between Dean and his father. After Dean's mother dies when Dean is only 9 years old, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle. His father seems to be embarassed by him, and will not invite him into his home. Eventually, Dean's father will not see him at all.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie, and hope that from beyond the grave, Dean is watching, and smiling. Franco's next big role is that of Peter Parker's best friend Harry Osborn in the big-budget superhero flick Spider-Man, and I for one cannot wait.


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