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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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Too fast to live. Too young to die. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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4 August 2001 (USA)  »

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James Dean: An Invented Life  »

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Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of James Dean. See more »

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The label on the box James Dean sends, reads "Santa Monica, CA". In the late forties/early fifties it would have read "Santa Monica, Calif." because the two-letter state abbreviations weren't used yet. See more »

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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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References Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) See more »

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Marvelous Performances
6 August 2001 | by (Collegeville, PA) – See all my reviews

James Franco gives a marvelous performance as the ultimate anti-hero James Dean. He not only looks like James Dean, he ACTS like James Dean. Michael Moriarty does a good job as James Dean's distant father. The rest of the cast gives solid performances. And the period recreation is realistic. My only complaint is that is the telemovie is a too short, but then again, so was James Dean's life. 8/10


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