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James Dean (2001)

A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writer:

Israel Horovitz
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... James Dean
Michael Moriarty ... Winton Dean
Valentina Cervi ... Pier Angeli
Enrico Colantoni ... Elia Kazan
Edward Herrmann ... Raymond Massey
Joanne Linville ... Hedda Hopper
John Pleshette ... Billy Rose
Barry Primus ... Nicholas Ray
David Proval ... Daniel Mann
Samuel Gould Samuel Gould ... Martin Landau (as Sam Gould)
Amy Rydell ... Christine White
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Julie Harris (as Wendy Benson)
Karen Kondazian ... Mrs. Pierangeli
David Parker David Parker ... James Whitmore
Craig Barnett ... George Stevens
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A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his personal life, most notably the difficult relationship with his father. Written by Mario

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The stars that burn brightest burn quickest See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: An Invented Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

James Dean is seen riding a 650cc Triumph Tiger T110 whilst in New York, a 500cc Triumph Trophy TR5T whilst in California and a Triumph dirt bike whilst at his uncle's farm. James Dean's actual TR5T was found and is on display at the James Dean Museum in Fairmount. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, when James Dean grabs a paper out of the typewriter, the number of pages he is holding changes from three to one, and then back to three again. See more »

Quotes

James Dean: "I'm playing the drums! Go to hell!"
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Crazy Credits

Most of this film was based on fact... some was an educated guess. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: The Disaster Artist (2018) See more »

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James Franco IS James Dean
7 August 2001 | by Wayne119See all my reviews

"East of Eden" came out when I was 21 and very impressionable, and from then on I was a James Dean fanatic. So were most of my friends, but we didn't see his other two films until after his death. We identified with the roles he played. Cal Trask, Jim Stark, and Jett Rink were just as mixed up and insecure as we were, and James Dean could play those guys because he was mixed up, too. After we saw "Rebel," all of us wanted red jackets like the one he wore in that movie.

In this new movie, a young actor named James Franco plays James Dean, and he beautifully conveys not only the angst and many of the distinctive mannerisms but also some of James Dean's offbeat humor. I suppose one reason Franco was chosen to play Dean is that he looks like him. Not a lot, but there is a resemblance. He could have done a caricature of Dean, but happily he didn't fall into that trap.

Some of the writing was disappointing. The actress who plays Pier Angeli is beautiful and quite good, but what can you do with lines like "You don't understand" and "My mama won't let me"? Those are not her exact lines, but you get what I'm saying.

Dean's relationship with Jack Warner is well done. Also his relationship, or rather his lack of a relationship, with his father. But I kept wishing they'd show more about the making of the films. How did he relate to Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Carol Baker, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood? And what were the films about? If I didn't already know James Dean's films, I still wouldn't know much about them after seeing this biography. But maybe I would be inspired to check them out.


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