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

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dane DeHaan turned down the role of James Dean five times as he felt intimidated playing such a respected figure. His wife, Anna Wood, eventually convinced him to take on the role. See more »

Goofs

At the time the film is set (1954-55) it was not possible in Southern California to direct dial outside of a local calling area. Only an operator could place the call. At the time, area codes were used only by operators. Not until 1968 was it possible to direct dial calls beyond the local area. In 1955, in areas controlled by General Telephone (Santa Monica,West L.A., Malibu etc.), local numbers required dialing five digits. Other calls required an operator. In Pacific Telephone (Bell) areas (most of Los Angeles County), local calls required dialing seven digits; other calls required an operator. It was not yet possible to dial direct to New York; it was necessary to first dial 112 for long distance and have the operator place the call. 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 The Boy from Oklahoma (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreamin's No Good
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Its an OK drama.
16 April 2016 | by nikolobgSee all my reviews

A movie about James Dean stands or falls by the portrayal of the man. Everything else is secondary to capturing that unique mesmerizing person.

I am a straight male, yet I remember the first time I googled that name and started browsing his photos. There was something there completely out of the ordinary. Strength with fragility, sadness with mischievousness, rebellion resting in the moment. Its like watching young Marlon Brando or Ryan Gosling in a movie like Drive, there is something extraordinary there your brain cant define but can understand.

Dane DeHaan, who I don't know outside of this movie, could probably portray Justin Bieber just fine, but playing James Dean requires a different beast of an actor all together.


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