Wednesday, May 1, 2013

James Dean

2001 American Television Movie

Cast: James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Valentina Cervi, Enrico Colantoni, Edward Herrmann and Mark Rydell
Director: Mark Rydell
Writer: Israel Horovitz

The life of James Dean, whose brief film stardom as the ultimate teen rebel and untimely death at age 24 made him a pop culture legend.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 76 %
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

  • DVD: Available


  • American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Motion Picture for Commercial Television.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Picture Made for Television (Franco).
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Casting for TV Movie.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Franco).
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Moriarty) and Art Direction; also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Directing, Lead Actor (Franco), Cinematography, Costumes, Single Camera Picture Editing, Makeup (Non-Prosthetic), Hairstyling and Casting.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Franco).

  • James Dean is also the subject of two other made for TV biopics: 1976's James Dean, starring Stephen McHattie, and 1997's James Dean: Race with Destiny, starring Casper Van Dien.
  • Screenwriter Israel Horovitz has said that he felt it was best to portray James Dean's bisexuality by innuendo rather than explicitly.
  • Dennis Hopper, a friend of James Dean and his co-star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, was at one time attached to direct this project during its development period.
  • Originally broadcast on the American cable network Turner Network Television (TNT).

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