7.3/10
4,838
58 user 11 critic

James Dean (2001)

A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writer:

Israel Horovitz
Reviews
Popularity
3,964 ( 276)

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

East of Eden (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
Sonny (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An honorably discharged soldier returns home to New Orleans, hoping to break away from his upbringing as a trained prostitute, but his brothel-madam mother has other expectations.

Director: Nicolas Cage
Stars: James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari
Giant (1956)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean
Good Time Max (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two genius brothers grow up and grow apart as one becomes a successful surgeon and the other pursues a drug-fueled high life.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Wilmer Calderon
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A parody of the Kayne West music video 'Bound 2'.

Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack
Life I (2015)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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

Director: Anton Corbijn
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Peter Lucas
127 Hours (2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
The Ape (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A young writer, nearing a mental breakdown caused by his family and boss, moves into an apartment occupied by a walking, talking, foul-mouthed ape in a Hawaiian shirt and Converse High Tops.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Brian Lally, Allison Bibicoff
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Stars: Dave Franco, James Franco
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... James Dean
Michael Moriarty ... Winton Dean
Valentina Cervi ... Pier Angeli
Enrico Colantoni ... Elia Kazan
Edward Herrmann ... Raymond Massey
Joanne Linville ... Hedda Hopper
John Pleshette ... Billy Rose
Barry Primus ... Nicholas Ray
David Proval ... Daniel Mann
Samuel Gould Samuel Gould ... Martin Landau (as Sam Gould)
Amy Rydell ... Christine White
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Julie Harris (as Wendy Benson)
Karen Kondazian ... Mrs. Pierangeli
David Parker David Parker ... James Whitmore
Craig Barnett ... George Stevens
Edit

Storyline

A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his personal life, most notably the difficult relationship with his father. Written by Mario

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Too fast to live. Too young to die. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: An Invented Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the film, the character, James Dean, refers to his Triumph T110 as the one used by Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953). In fact, Brando rode his 650cc 6T Triumph Thunderbird in that film. See more »

Goofs

The label on the box James Dean sends, reads "Santa Monica, CA". In the late forties/early fifties it would have read "Santa Monica, Calif." because the two-letter state abbreviations weren't used yet. See more »

Quotes

James Dean: I need to talk to you.
Winton Dean: Ethel's waiting for me.
James Dean: Well, then why don't you let her wait.
Winton Dean: Now, hold on, young man. Don't take that attitude with me.
James Dean: No, I need to talk to you right now!
Winton Dean: But I don't have to...
James Dean: No, look! Everybody thinks I'm great except you!
Winton Dean: Well, fine, listen to them...
James Dean: Don't you read the papers? I'm in the papers! Everybody wants to meet me except you! Why? Why is that?
Winton Dean: The stupidest mistake you've ever made...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Most of this film was based on fact... some was an educated guess. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A great Interpretation of A Legend
5 July 2002 | by emmiemonroeSee all my reviews

The movie in itself could have been much better. Many of the facts weren't quite right and I agree that it should have been longer. But I don't look at this movie that way, and so I am able to deeply enjoy this movie. For me, what makes this movie work is the way they portray James Dean. I am yet another James Franco admirer for his incredible job in playing Dean, and I also like the way he was looked upon. Since watching this movie I have found myself deeply interested in the Icon and watching all his movies, and even reading a bio on him. And I have found it interesting that everyone who knew him, and even people that didn't know him, all have different interpretations on who James Dean really was. They all see him in a different way. I really like the way he was seen in this TV movie. The writers could have done a better job with the story but did a GREAT job in creating James Dean as they saw him.

This is a good movie for getting a whole new generation of people watching James Dean. This isn't the best movie for people who want to know more about him. For that, go read a book on him, but try not to get too much of a biased one. This is a good movie for going more inside the personality and mind of James Dean. I think whoever chose which way to go with the interpretation must have really liked James Dean when everything comes down to it, as well as the director Mark Rydell.

Great acting by everyone, especially Franco, Mark Rydell (as Jack Warner), and Rydell's daughter Amy Rydell (as Christine). She seemed incredibly likeable, like someone I would want to be friends with. And that's how it seems she really was.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 58 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed