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Life (2015)

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A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.

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Anton Corbijn

Writer:

Luke Davies (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Dennis Stock
Peter Lucas ... Nicholas Ray
Lauren Gallagher ... Natalie Wood
Kendal Rae ... Messy Actress
Drew Leger Drew Leger ... Boyfriend
Dane DeHaan ... James Dean (as Dane Dehaan)
Alessandra Mastronardi ... Pier Angeli
John Blackwood ... Raymond Massey
Jason Blicker ... Journalist
Emily Hurson ... Publicity Trooper
Kristian Bruun ... Roger
Joel Edgerton ... John Morris
Emma Pedersen ... John Morris' Secretary
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Norma
Allison Brennan ... Jack Warner's Assistant
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A snapshot in time-the film chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood's most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man.

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Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life - La naissance d'une légende See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The poem in voice over at the end of the film is 'We Must Get Home' by James Whitcomb Riley. See more »

Goofs

Dennis's son had not finished his sandwich when they left the park. Where did the bag go? See more »

Quotes

James Dean: I don't wanna play their stupid game.
Dennis Stock: You don't have to. I mean, just let me help you. I got 30 million people reading LIFE Magazine... and we do, we do a great shoot...
James Dean: Wait a minute, wait a minute! You think you're giving me something that's not alerady comin' my way? I lose myself in my roles! I don't wanna lose myself in all this other stuff. And you are this other stuff.
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Connections

References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

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Everybody's In the Mood
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Miscast main actors make this painful to watch
14 September 2015 | by moritz-imdb-231-176485See all my reviews

James Dean does not look like James Dean - more like Leonardo di Caprio in What's eating Gilbert Grape.

Robert Pattinson's acting skills were not up to the task either - the photographer did not come alive in this movie.

I found it very hard to build any empathy for any of the persons on the screen. The only interesting scene is the Ben Kingsley scene.

There is no action - at all. At the same time, the movie takes itself extremely serious - pretentious is what I would say. Melodramatic Jazz instrumentals accompany boring monologues of the James Dean-not-look-alike.

I walked out after an hour, stumbled on this in a sneak - definitely not amusing. Maybe only for die-hard James Dean fans, if you can tolerate the miscast main character. Or if you are a fan of the "iconic" James Dean shots (which I am not - hype is not my thing.)


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