James Dean Biography (1976)
James Dean Biography
Biography / Drama / Made for TV Movie
Directed by William Bast
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Michael Brandon, Meg Foster and Candy Clark
Recollection of the 1950's actor's early days by his best friend, Bill Bast (played by Michael Brandon), when the two met at UCLA and struggled together in New York.
Stephen McHattie stars in the best biopic of James Dean created so far and channels the charisma and charm depicted by the late actor known for his legendary coolness and brooding charisma. It is quite an early but factual account of the 50's screen legend. Although he only made three films his tragic death has had a profound effect on millions of people.
In this film, we follow Dean's ascention to cinematic immortality from his days as a struggling actor working the stage circuit to his starring turns in films such as Giant and Rebel Without A Cause . McHattie sucessfully captures many of Dean's mannerisms and is able to give us a convincing portrayal that really helps us to understand the sometimes tortured motivations of this great film icon, whose influence continues to be felt to this day. A rare gem which should be seen by anyone who ever had a picture of James Dean on their wall.