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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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Details

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

When young James Dean is lying in bed he is on his back with his left hand beside his head when his mothers enters the room. In the next shot his is lying on his left side with both hands in front of his head. See more »

Quotes

Rolf Wütherich: See that piece on you in the LA Times?
James Dean: No, why? I get hammered?
Rolf Wütherich: [laughs] Opposite. They said you're gonna get bigger than Brando and Clift together. Can you believe it?
[They both laugh]
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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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Wonderful
5 August 2001 | by Phoenix-107See all my reviews

Wonderful. James Franco brilliantly channels James Dean in what is easily one of the best made-for-television movies ever made. Franco delivers a knockout performance in his portrayal of one of the most celebrated teen idols of all time.

The movie opens with Dean filming a scene from East of Eden, adding his own personal twist to the shot. A focused relationship of this film is the one between Dean and his father. After Dean's mother dies when Dean is only 9 years old, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle. His father seems to be embarassed by him, and will not invite him into his home. Eventually, Dean's father will not see him at all.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie, and hope that from beyond the grave, Dean is watching, and smiling. Franco's next big role is that of Peter Parker's best friend Harry Osborn in the big-budget superhero flick Spider-Man, and I for one cannot wait.


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