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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 June 2015 (USA)
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An intimate and dreamlike portrait of icon James Dean on the cusp of achieving fame.

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The Roommate
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Johny
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Roger (as Edward Singletary Jr.)
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James DeWeerd
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Arthur Rimbaud
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JOSHUA TREE, 1951 is an intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of achieving notoriety as both a great actor and an American icon. Set primarily in the early 1950s and focusing on Dean's experiences as an up-and-coming actor in Los Angeles, the film is a series of revealing and sometimes dreamlike vignettes that blend biographical and fictionalized elements to present a pivotal moment in a remarkable life. Written by Iconoclastic Features

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The new motion picture about an outsider icon.

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Cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah filmed the movie using vintage Cooke lenses to help create the 'classic Hollywood' look. See more »

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James Deans hair was never as long as it is shown in the film. See more »

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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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I Should Care
Performed by Jeff Harnar
Written by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, & Paul Weston
Used by Permission of Hanover Music Corp. Stordahl Music Publishing, & Cahn Music
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What a mess this is!
22 June 2013 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie is simply horrendous! From start to finish, I had trouble staying focused on what was going on. The dialog, and the story in general was boring and unbelievable. Add that to the fact that the actors were terrible, and you get a real mess. James Preston, while handsome, was no James Dean, by any stretch of the imagination. His hair is too long, he looks nothing like Dean in the face, and his mannerisms are deplorable. And it is not sexy, if that was the intent. The movie features long lustful looks at naked and half naked men and women, but hasn't one ounce of sensual appeal. A waste of 93 minutes. You've been warned. This movie is not recommended by me.


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