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James Dean (1976)

A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.

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Robert Butler

Writer:

William Bast
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... William Bast
Stephen McHattie ... James Dean
Brooke Adams ... Beverly
Julian Burton ... Ray
Candy Clark ... Chris White
Dane Clark ... James Whitmore
Meg Foster ... Dizzy Sheridan
Katherine Helmond ... Claire Folger
Amy Irving ... Norma Jean
Robert Kenton Robert Kenton ... Mechanic
Jayne Meadows ... Reva Randall
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Jan (as Heather Menzies)
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Judge
James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Mr. Robbins
Leland Palmer ... Arlene
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A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: Portrait of a Friend See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the early 1950s, this film's director Robert Butler worked at CBS Television in charge of the studio audience ushers. James Dean got a job there as an usher through his friend, William Bast (who wrote this film), who was also an usher. Butler was unimpressed with Dean's "abilities" and fired him. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: His name was James Byron Dean. He was an actor. He died in 1955 at the age of 24. He had starred in just three pictures, only one of which had been released prior to his death. Yet before he was in his grave he was already a myth. What you are about to see is one man's recollection - an image of the actor as seen through the eyes of a friend. Like all memories in is intensely personal, elusive and incomplete - yet it refuses to die.
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whoah...
15 October 2005 | by elysergooserSee all my reviews

for an early TV movie, this one was ahead of its time...it featured James telling his friend to be more sexually adventurous, leading him to go cruising in a gay bar...

I got it at the dollar store , so my print was typically muddy, being that the flick fell into the public domain and all...still if you like JD you will get a kick out of this flick...well then there now!!!!

It also shows Katherine Helmond. Amy Irving and a beautiful Brooke Adams...I liked it enough to recommend it if you buy it cheap like I did!!!

If you want a really good JD movie, try Robert Altman's documentary it is archaic but fascinating!!!


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