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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.

Director:

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 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 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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Genres:

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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Best James Dean Bio
5 August 2007 | by StonefacetxSee all my reviews

This is Probably the best James Dean BIO since it was written and produced by his real life best friend William Bast. While actor Stephen Mchattie (who plays James Dean) doesn't look that much like him you still get the feeling its him especially around the time of Giant. This was the first to show Dean's flirting with homosexuality which was remarkable for 1976. William Bast has since written a new book called "Surviving James Dean" which go much farther in detail then any movie has gone. You can hear an interview with William Bast at http://writingshow.com/podcasts/Bill_Bast.mp3

I've seen this movie many times and you can probably get it on DVD at Walgreens for $1.00 since I saw it their last week.


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