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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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The stars that burn brightest burn quickest 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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Edward Furlong was considered for 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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Rolf Wütherich: See that piece on you in the LA Times?
James Dean: No, why? I get hammered?
Rolf Wütherich: [laughs] Opposite. They said you're gonna get bigger than Brando and Clift together. Can you believe it?
[They both laugh]
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References The Silver Chalice (1954) See more »

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A Legend Revisited
6 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

James Dean is portrayed by James Franco with a remarkable resemblance in physical appearance and great sensitivity. As the events of James Dean's life unfold in the made for cable film, insight is gained into the enigmatic and tragically short life of the brilliant film star. This production takes in many of the well known accomplishments of James Dean's career and includes significant personal events in his life. The interface with James Dean's father, excellently played by Michael Moriarty, is central to this story. The recognition and appreciation by film industry giants contrasts with the father's lack of regard for his son. A moving performance by James Franco who steps into the shoes of James Dean and makes us love him all the more.


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