James Dean

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During his all-too-short career (three starring roles in two years), James Dean helped to radically redefine the way teenagers were portrayed onscreen (and in popular culture in general), and the expressive naturalism of his performances did more to establish the "method" school of acting in the public mind than any other actor outside of Marlon Brando. James Dean is a made-for-cable biography that looks at the star's short but troubled life, his years of struggle before his sudden rise to fame, and the car crash that took his life at the age of 24. James Franco stars as James Dean, with Michael Moriarty as Winton Dean and Valentina Cervi as Pier Angeli, the actress Dean loved. Produced for the TNT cable network, James Dean first aired on August 4, 2001.


James Franco
as James Dean
Michael Moriarty
as Winton Dean
Valentina Cervi
as Pier Angeli
Enrico Colantoni
as Elia Kazan
Edward Herrmann
as Raymond Massey
Amy Rydell
as Christine White
Mark Rydell
as Jack Warner
Joanne Linville
as Hedda Hopper
John Pleshette
as Billy Rose
Kyle Chambers
as Young James Dean
Barry Primus
as Nicholas Ray
David Proval
as Daniel Mann
Israel Horovitz
as Louis Schurr
Sam Gould
as Martin Landau
Wendy Benson
as Julie Harris
Karen Kondazian
as Mrs. Pierangeli
David Parker
as James Whitmore
Craig Barnett
as George Stevens
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  • May 03, 2013
    It's rare to see such a good television production, mostly due to the Franco's portrayal of James Dean. Although the film was detailed, it wasn't accurate.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2009
    Really liked it. Maybe a little dramatic in parts but James Franco does a pitch-perfect job!
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2009
    Here's an interesting movie that centralizes on the life and death of James Dean. James Franco portrays the Hollywood star in this intriguing story plot that marks his success. Worth seeing!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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