James Dean (2001)
Movie: James Dean
- Director: Mark Rydell
- Stars: Andrew Prine, Barry Primus, Charles Dierkop, Christopher Lee, Clyde Tull, Craig Barnett, David Parker, David Proval, Edward Herrmann, Ellen Gerstein, Enrico Colantoni, Frank Cassini, Gary Sievers, Gretchen German, Guido Fhrweier, Harry Cohn, James DiStefano, James Franco, Joanne Linville, John Pleshette, Judith Baldwin, Julie Janney, Karen Kondazian, Karen Teliha, Lisa Blake Richards, Lisa Robins, Lou Wagner, Maggie Wagner, Mark Kiely, Mark Moses, Mark Rydell, Michael Moriarty, Mushond Lee, Otto Felix, Peggy McCay, Phil Hawn, Samuel Gould, Steven Chambers, Val Lauren, Valentina Cervi, Wendy Benson-Landes, William Stanford Davis
- Release Date: August 04, 2001
- Run Time: 120 mins
- Genre: Drama, Biography
The brief, but mythical, life and career of film acting legend is dramatized in this biographical 2001 feature, originally produced for cable television. Dean is portrayed here as a hard worker and wild man, yet a sensitive lost soul whose own turbulent life mirrored the roles he took on his short, but greatly influential career. Dean is played by James Franco under the direction of Hollywood veteran Mark Rydell, a friend of Dean during his life. Rydell’s insights provide an especially insightful look at studio politics and procedure in the 1950s.