The James Dean Story

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A cut above the usual cheesy paste-up "tribute," The James Dean Story is imbued with a modicum of style thanks to fledgling film-director Robert Altman. Most of the film consists of clips from Dean's three starring pictures (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant), with tantalizing glimpses of his pre-star career. One such glimpse, a snippet from the 1951 TV religious special Hill Number One, has popped up in virtually every Dean retrospective since. Altman's inherent cinematic gifts are evident in the ...
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A cut above the usual cheesy paste-up "tribute," The James Dean Story is imbued with a modicum of style thanks to fledgling film-director Robert Altman. Most of the film consists of clips from Dean's three starring pictures (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant), with tantalizing glimpses of his pre-star career. One such glimpse, a snippet from the 1951 TV religious special Hill Number One, has popped up in virtually every Dean retrospective since. Altman's inherent cinematic gifts are evident in the impressionistic "re-enactment" of Dean's fatal auto crash. Narrated by Martin Gabel, The James Dean Story isn't terribly deep, but it's a good shorthand overview of one of the most powerful screen presences of the 1950s.
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  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • UPC: 096009002299
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Echo Bridge
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Brocker "Dean's Friend"
Mr. Carter "Dean's Friend"
Patsy D'Amore "Dean's Friend"
James Dean
Mr. Dean Dean's Grandfather
Louis de Liso "Dean's Friend"
Martin Gabel
Adelaide Hall Dean's Drama Teacher
Robert Jewett "Dean's Friend"
John Kalin "Dean's Friend"
Lili Kardell "Dean's Friend"
Billy Karen "Dean's Friend"
Arnie Langer "Dean's Friend"
Jerry Luce "Dean's Friend"
Officer Nelson Highway Patrolman
George Ross "Dean's Friend"
Arline Sax "Dean's Friend"
Big Traster "Dean's Friend"
Chris White "Dean's Friend"
Marcus Winslow Dean's Uncle
Markie Winslow Dean's Cousin
Ortense Winslow Dean's Aunt
Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director, Editor, Producer
George W. George Director, Editor, Producer
Stewart Stern Screenwriter
Leith Stevens Score Composer
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