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James Dean (1976)

A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.

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Robert Butler

Writer:

William Bast
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... William Bast
Stephen McHattie ... James Dean
Brooke Adams ... Beverly
Julian Burton ... Ray
Candy Clark ... Chris White
Dane Clark ... James Whitmore
Meg Foster ... Dizzy Sheridan
Katherine Helmond ... Claire Folger
Amy Irving ... Norma Jean
Robert Kenton Robert Kenton ... Mechanic
Jayne Meadows ... Reva Randall
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Jan (as Heather Menzies)
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Judge
James O'Connell ... Mr. Robbins
Leland Palmer ... Arlene
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A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: Portrait of a Friend See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Christine White, who plays a secretary, was once James Dean's real-life girlfriend. They were accepted into the Actors Studio together. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: His name was James Byron Dean. He was an actor. He died in 1955 at the age of 24. He had starred in just three pictures, only one of which had been released prior to his death. Yet before he was in his grave he was already a myth. What you are about to see is one man's recollection - an image of the actor as seen through the eyes of a friend. Like all memories in is intensely personal, elusive and incomplete - yet it refuses to die.
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Interesting film...
11 August 2013 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Written from the perspective of Dean's long term friend Bast (well portrayed by Robert Brandon), this film as some good quirks and sub- texts to it.

Actor Stephen McHattie does have the affect and appearance of Dean in some instances, he portrays the early start of James Dean as a somewhat transient and alienated life. Living in NYC and finally getting accepted to the prestigious Actors Studio, but living with a big name actor, who is just someone he owes a debt to, and to "pay the piper" as he tells his friend.

The section regarding Dean's earlier family life could have been better explicated, but the audience does see his Hollywood relationships, including some decent cameos by Brooke Adams and Meg Foster (as Liz "Dizzy" Sheridan, who appeared in "Rebel Without a Cause"), and now plays Seinfeld's mother (credited as Liz Sheridan).

Overall worth seeing , but better to rent a DVD or purchase it, for the true researcher into Dean's checkered history. This film shown on MAVTV channel in US is terribly edited, and MAVTV is not a good viewing experience, at all. 8/10.


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