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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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Forever Young. 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

Bill Hader was a production assistant on this film before he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (1975). He told Jimmy Kimmel his job was to bring James Franco cigarettes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Red Bull, and that James would thank him in the character of James Dean. See more »

Goofs

James Dean's mother seems to have been treated by a mechanical ventilator in what would have been 1940. The first positive pressure ventilators were not available until the 1950s. If mechanically ventilated, she would have been in a negative pressure "iron lung" as was used for polio victims of that era. See more »

Quotes

[about an audition]
Martin Landau: You never know. I mean look at me; when I tried out for "Tennesse Williams" I thought I was terrible.
James Dean: You were terrible... you didn't get the part
Martin Landau: Just a detail.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Silver Chalice (1954) See more »

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A great Interpretation of A Legend
5 July 2002 | by emmiemonroeSee all my reviews

The movie in itself could have been much better. Many of the facts weren't quite right and I agree that it should have been longer. But I don't look at this movie that way, and so I am able to deeply enjoy this movie. For me, what makes this movie work is the way they portray James Dean. I am yet another James Franco admirer for his incredible job in playing Dean, and I also like the way he was looked upon. Since watching this movie I have found myself deeply interested in the Icon and watching all his movies, and even reading a bio on him. And I have found it interesting that everyone who knew him, and even people that didn't know him, all have different interpretations on who James Dean really was. They all see him in a different way. I really like the way he was seen in this TV movie. The writers could have done a better job with the story but did a GREAT job in creating James Dean as they saw him.

This is a good movie for getting a whole new generation of people watching James Dean. This isn't the best movie for people who want to know more about him. For that, go read a book on him, but try not to get too much of a biased one. This is a good movie for going more inside the personality and mind of James Dean. I think whoever chose which way to go with the interpretation must have really liked James Dean when everything comes down to it, as well as the director Mark Rydell.

Great acting by everyone, especially Franco, Mark Rydell (as Jack Warner), and Rydell's daughter Amy Rydell (as Christine). She seemed incredibly likeable, like someone I would want to be friends with. And that's how it seems she really was.


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