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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 »

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Mark Rydell

Writer:

Israel Horovitz
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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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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 »
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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 Franco became so immersed in playing James Dean that he went from being a non smoker to smoking two packs a day (he has since quit), as well as playing the guitar, the bongos, and learned to ride a motorcycle. See more »

Goofs

In the final crash, James flicks a cigarette out the window. But a few seconds later just before impact he is holding the cigarette again. See more »

Quotes

Winton Dean: That's a nice car.
James Dean: Yeah, it's alluminum. They only made 30.
Winton Dean: Must have cost a lot.
James Dean: Well, I got a lot.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!
19 August 2001 | by Deaner99See all my reviews

Mark Rydell's "James Dean" has some good things going for it. It also has some serious flaws because it ventured into areas which were completely speculative and inaccurate. Going for this TNT movie is the performance of young James Franco as James Dean. Franco's performance was more imitation than interpretation, but Franco had Dean's mannerisms and motions down pat. Michael Moriarity as Winton Dean and Sam Gould as Martin Landau also gave strong performances. The film captured the pathos of Dean's early life due to the death of his mother and rejection by his father-- emotional blows from which Dean never fully recovered. The "bad" and downright "ugly" about this production are the many glaring inaccuracies about Dean's life. Any serious Dean researcher could rip this production to shreds on that basis. (But I won't!) I'll even resist the temptation to write a laundry list of inaccuracies because I don't want to spoil this movie for anyone. (If you want to know, email me.)

I agree with others comments that this should have been a two part (or more) miniseries. With the plethora of commercials, the length couldn't have been more than 90 minutes of actual footage. Many interesting and important parts of Dean's life were given short shrift by this production. However, if this TV movie can ignite interest in Dean among people who have no idea about him, then it has served its purpose. I do hope that people will not take this Hollywood production at face value. Dean's real life was far more interesting than this production showed and he was a far more complex , talented, and tormented individual than he was depicted in this movie. I hope that this movie will serve as a springboard for others to discover through reading, viewing Dean's movies, and researching, the life of this fascinating American Icon.


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