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Writer (WGA):
Israel Horovitz (written by)
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Release Date:
4 August 2001 (USA) See more »
The stars that burn brightest burn quickest See more »
A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

James Franco ... James Dean

Michael Moriarty ... Winton Dean

Valentina Cervi ... Pier Angeli

Enrico Colantoni ... Elia Kazan

Edward Herrmann ... Raymond Massey

Joanne Linville ... Hedda Hopper

John Pleshette ... Billy Rose

Barry Primus ... Nicholas Ray

David Proval ... Daniel Mann
Samuel Gould ... Martin Landau (as Sam Gould)
Amy Rydell ... Christine White

Wendy Benson-Landes ... Julie Harris (as Wendy Benson)

Karen Kondazian ... Mrs. Pierangeli
David Parker ... James Whitmore

Craig Barnett ... George Stevens

Mark Rydell ... Jack Warner

Lou Wagner ... 'Eden' Make-up Person
Otto Felix ... 'Eden' Camera Assistant

Christopher Lee ... 'Eden' Assistant Director

Gretchen German ... Kazan's Assistant
Bill Voigtlander ... 'Eden' Camera Operator
Matthew W. Tenggren ... Sound Man (as Matthew Tanggren)
Kyle Chambers ... James Dean - 8-9 Yrs. Old

Lisa Robins ... Mildred Dean (as Lisa L. Robins)

Peggy McCay ... Emma Dean

William Stanford Davis ... Train Conductor
Charles Dierkop ... Groundsman
Steven Chambers ... Postman (as Steve Chambers)
Lisa Blake Richards ... Ethel Dean
Mushond Lee ... Billy
Phil Parolisi ... Cattle Call Stage Manager

Ellen Gerstein ... Jane Deacy
Israel Horovitz ... Louis Schurr
Fred Parnes ... Actor's Studio Stage Manager

Andrew Prine ... Rogers Brackett

James DiStefano ... 'The Immortalist' Stage Manager (as James Distefano)
Harry Cohn ... Hot Dog Vendor

Julie Janney ... Geraldine Page
Antony Sandoval ... Louis Jourdan

Mark Moses ... Dick Clayton
Stan Coleman ... Warner's Executive

Mark Kiely ... Soldier in 'Silver Chalice'

Austen Rydell ... 'Eden' Assistant Director's Son
Lyle Kessler ... Lee Strasberg
Chad Restum ... 'Rebel' Assistant Director
Elizabeth Barkette ... Mrs. Stark

Frank Cassini ... 'Giant' Assistant Director
Nick Klar ... Winton's Neighbor
Allen Hall ... 'Giant' Oil Derrick Rigger (as Allen L. Hall)
Robert N. Gersicoff ... 'Giant' Camera Operator (as Robert Gersicoff)
John C. Flinn IV ... 'Giant' Assistant Camera

Guido Foehrweisser ... Rolf Wütherich
Alexander Rydell ... Boy on Bike
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Judith Baldwin ... (uncredited)
Carla Barnett ... Auntie Ortense (uncredited)
Holly Beavon ... Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)

Eric Brenner ... Julie Harris's Date (uncredited)
Don 'Tex' Clark ... sfx crew for Giant (uncredited)

Lana Clarkson ... Jayne Mansfield (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Bartender (uncredited)
Matt Holly ... Time Magazine Reporter (uncredited)

Elizabeth Karsell ... Judy Garland (uncredited)

Val Lauren ... Alex (uncredited)
Michael Lefko ... Rock Hudson (uncredited)
Sean A. Mulvihill ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ginger Pauley ... Maria - Maid of Honor (uncredited)

Renee Pezzotta ... Smoking Woman (uncredited)
Brent Ponder ... Autograph Collector (uncredited)
Brian Ruppert ... N.Y Actor (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Eden Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Karen Teliha ... Bette Davis (uncredited)

Clyde Tull ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Maggie Wagner ... Mann's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Rydell 
Writing credits
Israel Horovitz (written by)

Produced by
Bill Gerber .... executive producer
George W. Perkins .... producer
Mark Rydell .... executive producer
Marvin Worth .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Frizzell 
Cinematography by
Robbie Greenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs  (as Tony Gibbs)
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Robert Pearson  (as Rob Pearson)
Art Direction by
Marc Dabe 
Set Decoration by
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer  (as Leslie Frankenheimer)
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Scott H. Eddo .... assistant makeup artist
Carolyn Elias .... assistant hair stylist (as Carolyn L. Elias)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... head hair stylist
Production Management
James T. Davis .... unit production manager
Mark S. Hoerr .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director (as Stephen Lonano)
Joth Riggs .... additional second assistant director
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director (as Mic Rogers)
Darrell Woodard .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... art department consultant
Jenny Baum .... on-set dresser
Marc Gillson .... lead painter (as Marco Gillson)
Kevin Hahn .... set dressing
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Bryce Moore .... assistant property master
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master
Gregori Renta .... lead man
William V. Ryder .... set designer
Ramsey Smith .... construction foreman
Dot Stovall .... art department coordinator
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Brad Shoemaker .... location foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
John Bauman .... cable person
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
James J. Mase .... boom operator
Raymond E. Spiess III .... adr editor
Raymond E. Spiess III .... dialogue editor
Richard Taylor .... sound supervisor
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double: James Franco
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Kevin Scott .... stunts
Christopher J. Tuck .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Tuck)
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Brad Yoder .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Clevenger .... camera operator: "a" camera (as William G. Clevenger)
Loren Corl .... key grip
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip (as Andy Crawford)
David Dunbar .... lighting technician
Chris Hayes .... camera operator: "b" camera
Doug Hyun .... unit photographer
Karl Linde .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer (as Melton C. Maxwell)
Scott McGeo .... best boy grip
Chuck Sharp .... best boy (as Charles W. Sharp)
James M. Cox .... 2nd unit gaffer (uncredited)
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Michael Dronge .... grip (uncredited)
Sean P. Fickert .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Hyde .... grip (uncredited)
Dana Kroeger .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jerry L. Marshall .... grip (uncredited)
Don Telles .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Vich Thiensuwana .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kim Everett .... casting associate (as Kim Everett-Martin)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Bub .... wardrobe supervisor
Randy Gardell .... assistant costume designer
Dorothy Bulac .... milliner (uncredited)
Nancy Smytka .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matthew Edels .... post-production assistant
Sherrye Gibbs .... assistant editor
Skip Kimball .... telecine colorist
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
David Yoneshige .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Location Management
David A. Foster .... location manager (as David Foster)
Music Department
Michael Bowers .... orchestrator
Chuck Domanico .... musician: bass
Peter Erskine .... musician: drums
Dan Higgins .... musician: saxophone
Andrew Kinney .... orchestrator
Jon Kull .... conductor
Michael Lang .... musician: piano (as Mike Lang)
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet
Rick Winquest .... score mixer
Rick Winquest .... score recordist
James Jacobson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Limbaugh .... picture car coordinator
Craig Pinkard .... transportation coordinator
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain
Charles Conley .... driver (uncredited)
Troy Flynn .... transportation (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Max Burnett .... production coordinator (as Max Burnette)
Dusty Castleberry .... assistant: Mr. Rydell
Jana Fain .... assistant: Mr. Perkins
Kate Greenberg .... key set production assistant
Shannon Guiniven .... assistant: Mr. Gerber
Todd Harthan .... assistant production coordinator
Tim Lamprose .... medic
Pam Leonte .... script supervisor
Stanley Ottenstein .... photo researcher
Stanley Ottenstein .... stock footage
Deborah Ricketts .... additional researcher
Christopher Rydell .... assistant: Mr. Rydell
David Speltz .... cello soloist
Ken Twohy .... key set production assistant: second unit
Cynthia Wise .... production accountant
Jason Altieri .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Bronson .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Ryder Davis .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Wilberger .... production executive (uncredited)
Norm Balos .... special thanks
Paul Casella Jr. .... special thanks (as Paul Casella)
Billy Mitchell .... special thanks
Joe Recchia .... special thanks
John David Ridge .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for mild language
120 min | USA:95 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of James Dean.See more »
Anachronisms: James Dean's mother seems to have been treated by a mechanical ventilator in what would have been 1940. The first positive pressure ventilators were not available until the 1950s. If mechanically ventilated, she would have been in a negative pressure "iron lung" as was used for polio victims of that era.See more »
James Dean:"I'm playing the drums! Go to hell!"See more »
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!, 19 August 2001
Author: Deaner99 from Scottsdale, AZ

Mark Rydell's "James Dean" has some good things going for it. It also has some serious flaws because it ventured into areas which were completely speculative and inaccurate. Going for this TNT movie is the performance of young James Franco as James Dean. Franco's performance was more imitation than interpretation, but Franco had Dean's mannerisms and motions down pat. Michael Moriarity as Winton Dean and Sam Gould as Martin Landau also gave strong performances. The film captured the pathos of Dean's early life due to the death of his mother and rejection by his father-- emotional blows from which Dean never fully recovered. The "bad" and downright "ugly" about this production are the many glaring inaccuracies about Dean's life. Any serious Dean researcher could rip this production to shreds on that basis. (But I won't!) I'll even resist the temptation to write a laundry list of inaccuracies because I don't want to spoil this movie for anyone. (If you want to know, email me.)

I agree with others comments that this should have been a two part (or more) miniseries. With the plethora of commercials, the length couldn't have been more than 90 minutes of actual footage. Many interesting and important parts of Dean's life were given short shrift by this production. However, if this TV movie can ignite interest in Dean among people who have no idea about him, then it has served its purpose. I do hope that people will not take this Hollywood production at face value. Dean's real life was far more interesting than this production showed and he was a far more complex , talented, and tormented individual than he was depicted in this movie. I hope that this movie will serve as a springboard for others to discover through reading, viewing Dean's movies, and researching, the life of this fascinating American Icon.

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