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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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Taglines:

Too fast to live. Too young to die. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Edward Furlong was considered for the role of James Dean. 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 need to talk to you.
Winton Dean: Ethel's waiting for me.
James Dean: Well, then why don't you let her wait.
Winton Dean: Now, hold on, young man. Don't take that attitude with me.
James Dean: No, I need to talk to you right now!
Winton Dean: But I don't have to...
James Dean: No, look! Everybody thinks I'm great except you!
Winton Dean: Well, fine, listen to them...
James Dean: Don't you read the papers? I'm in the papers! Everybody wants to meet me except you! Why? Why is that?
Winton Dean: The stupidest mistake you've ever made...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Giant (1956) See more »

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Under forty+ crowd meets Dean. Older fans relish renewed acquaintance.
5 August 2001 | by no1robie-1See all my reviews

This is Movie History 101 for serious film fans. Those meeting James Dean for the first time will (or should) immediately acquire all three of his films and devour them post haste. There are going to be, among the older crowd, some (maybe many) who will say that James Franco didn't really look a lot like James Dean, and that he wasn't able to bring the magic of James Dean to the screen. Well, "Duh-uh." If they can make a man or woman look more like an ape than an ape does, they could have recreated a rubber-masked James Franco who would have been a dead ringer. But would that be Art? As to the wizardry of James Dean, that miracle is unlikely to happen again in the lifetime of any of this movie's viewers. Taken for what it is, this flick is first-rate entertainment, presenting an insider's view of some of Hollywood's finest:Louella Parsons, Jack Warner, Martin Landau (as a very young and struggling actor in New York.) Evaluated as it should be (as a TV film among TV films) I give this one an 8+ on a scale of 10.


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Official Sites:

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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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