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Deadman's Curve (1978)

On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly ... See full summary »


Richard Compton


Paul Morantz (story), Dalene Young (teleplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Jan Berry
Bruce Davison ... Dean Torrence
Pamela Bellwood ... Annie
Dick Clark ... Himself
Wolfman Jack ... The Jackal
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Dr. Vivian Sheehan
Denise DuBarry ... Susan (as Denise Du Barry)
Priscilla Cory ... Linda
Anne-Marie Martin ... Nancy (as Eddie Benton)
Kelly Ward ... Billy
Noah Keen ... Jim Arlett
June Dayton ... Clara Berry
Vicki McLean Vicki McLean ... Caroline
Inga Neilsen Inga Neilsen ... Kathy
Charles Pitt Charles Pitt ... Soldier


On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly recovers, learning again to walk and talk. A comeback to the music industry seems impossible, but Jan's willingness to try and with Dean the duo aim for another chance.

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The story of Jan & Dean. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halálkanyar See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At 37:50, Wolfman Jack introduces himself to Jan and Dean in a small town as "Bob Smith", manager and The Jackal at the local radio station. Wolfman Jack's real name is Robert Weston Smith. See more »


Early in the film, two references to concert sequences are dated July 1966. This is impossible, as Jan was injured April 12, 1966. See more »


Jan Berry: I want to sing about what it feels like to drive 150 miles per hour.
[Visionary pause]
Jan Berry: We'll have a sound for summer. The surf, the girls, the cars, and at the center of it - at the center of it, the music of Jan and Dean.
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Featured in Behind the Music: Jan and Dean (1998) See more »


Surf City
Written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
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The Jan & Jan's Ego Story
3 November 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

The California Surf Scene was captured perfectly in this otherwise totally 70s "Jan & Dean Story". Unfortunately the film focuses almost exclusively on Jan Barry's super-inflated ego and apparent personality flaws. Crediting only himself and his "gift" for the success of "Jan & Dean", Jan soon alienates himself from almost all people who care for him. Figuring he is a "big star" and should be exempt from the military draft, Jan huffs and puffs at a recruiting officer, the storms off, with the scene ending in the infamous "Dead Man's Curve" accident that nearly claimed his life, then left him with many months of convalescence. Even though this near-death experience gave way to some soul searching and a "mellowing" in Jan's stubborn character, it is too little too late.

The music and the atmosphere of the "Hippie 60s" are a pleasant disctraction from the depressing drama. Rolled together, this is no "Grease" and it will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of fans. Jan is portrayed as an utterly unpleasant ego-maniac with no consideration for anyone or anything. Feeling "invincible", he is oblivious to the love of the close friends who stick by him in the ups and downs of the roller-coaster ride of fame and fortune. An invaluable contribution to Rock & Roll, privately Jan & Dean are no success story. What sad lives they lived when the lights went out. Recommended only for the music history lesson. If you are looking for a feel-good movie, don't even consider this one.

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