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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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A deserted road. A deadly crash. A legend is born. See more »


Biography | Drama

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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 »


When Pier and her husband are sitting in the car, there is a Nissan or Toyata in the background. See more »


References East of Eden (1955) See more »


Wake Me
Words and Music bu Gordon Waller and Nick Kail
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27 April 2004 | by mercury4See all my reviews

I'd like to say first that the makers of this film and Casper Van Dien have no idea who James Dean is. All they know is that he was an actor that was madly in love with Pier Angeli and drove fast. This movie is pathetic. The direction is terrible, the writing is horrible, the music is annoying, and the acting is horrendous. This movie is not about James Dean, so don't be fooled. It's about some idiot that dresses like and calls himself James Dean. Instead of getting James Dean you get a guy that sounds like a whiny little kid and who constantly gets speeding tickets. Seriously, Casper Van Dien cannot act for his life. If someone had a gun to his head and said act like James Dean, he'd be dead as soon as he opened his mouth. If I were Casper I'd be too ashamed to even look at myself in the mirror. That guy is really pathetic and should be ashamed of himself. Whoever thought it was a good idea to make this movie or to even get Casper Van Dien to play James Dean, is a moron. Everyone who made this movie should be shot. I don't even know if you'd call it a movie. It's like the whole thing is one big practical joke. The whole time I was watching this movie I was shocked at how bad it was. It would be a joke to even compare this movie to the James Franco movie about James Dean. All I'm going to say is see the Franco movie. See that great movie and see James Dean's movies. But avoid this trash. This movie is just so pathetic it's not even funny.

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