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James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997)

James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 3 October 1997 (USA)
Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... James Dean
Carrie Mitchum Carrie Mitchum ... Pier Angeli
Diane Ladd ... Mama Pierangeli
Mike Connors ... Jack Warner
Robert Mitchum ... George Stevens
Connie Stevens ... Jane Deacy
Casey Kasem ... Bill Romano
Joseph Campanella ... Winton Dean
Janelle Paradee Janelle Paradee ... Marisa Pierangeli
Louis D'Alto Louis D'Alto ... Vic Damone
Monique Parent ... Ursula
Carmen Romano Carmen Romano ... Elia Kazan
Dan Sefton Dan Sefton ... TV Director
Steve Hughes Steve Hughes ... Gig Young
Robin Joi Brown Robin Joi Brown ... Jennifer


Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with Italian ingénue Pier Angeli (Carrie Mitchum of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) angers her disapproving mother (Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd) and studio chief Jack Warner (Mike Connors). How did a broken heart, reckless behavior and his relationships with Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and director George Stevens (the legendary Robert Mitchum in his final screen role) lead to Dean's ultimate race with destiny? Connie Stevens, Joseph Campanella and Casey Kasem co-star in this revealing biopic that goes behind the myth to tell the true story of the superstar who lived fast, died young and left a legacy that changed movies forever. Bonus Features Trailer Deleted scenes English subtitles

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief strong language and an accident scene | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: Live Fast Die Young See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


Robert Mitchum's final acting role. See more »


James Dean spends a lot of time on a 1972 Triumph motorcycle. See more »


References East of Eden (1955) See more »


Music by Gordon Waller
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Spare Us The Lovey Dovey Stuff
11 January 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This despite its title is a love story rather than a biopic of James Dean . The film starts with a voice over from Pier Angeli and the first 40 minutes revolves around her romance with James Dean which is a severe disappointment if you`re watching this expecting to learn much about the legend that was James Dean . The only bits that rise above mediocre is when the film ignores the love story and concentrates on Dean`s career , his fireworks with the Hollywood film makers , and his explanation on " Group dynamics " to a young gang leader . But that`s not enough to save the film from being a waste of time . And I`d just like to add my voice to the chorus that if it wasn`t for the inclusion of a few swear words I would have staked my life that this was a TVM . It contains all the production values and flaws that TVMs are infamous for

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