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James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997)

James Dean: Live Fast, Die Young (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 3 October 1997 (USA)
Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with ... See full summary »


Mardi Rustam

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... James Dean
Carrie Mitchum Carrie Mitchum ... Pier Angeli
Diane Ladd ... Mama Pierangeli
Mike Connors ... Jack Warner
Robert Mitchum ... George Stevens
Connie Stevens ... Jane Deacy
Casey Kasem ... Bill Romano
Joseph Campanella ... Winton Dean
Janelle Paradee Janelle Paradee ... Marisa Pierangeli
Louis D'Alto Louis D'Alto ... Vic Damone
Monique Parent ... Ursula
Carmen Romano Carmen Romano ... Elia Kazan
Dan Sefton Dan Sefton ... TV Director
Steve Hughes Steve Hughes ... Gig Young
Robin Joi Brown Robin Joi Brown ... Jennifer


Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with Italian ingénue Pier Angeli (Carrie Mitchum of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) angers her disapproving mother (Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd) and studio chief Jack Warner (Mike Connors). How did a broken heart, reckless behavior and his relationships with Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and director George Stevens (the legendary Robert Mitchum in his final screen role) lead to Dean's ultimate race with destiny? Connie Stevens, Joseph Campanella and Casey Kasem co-star in this revealing biopic that goes behind the myth to tell the true story of the superstar who lived fast, died young and left a legacy that changed movies forever. Bonus Features Trailer Deleted scenes English subtitles

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A deserted road. A deadly crash. A legend is born. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief strong language and an accident scene | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Dean: Live Fast Die Young See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


Robert Mitchum's final acting role. See more »


"Elia Kazan" tells "Jack Warner" that Dean has just won a Tony Award. Dean had won a Theatre World Award, not a Tony. See more »


References Giant (1956) See more »


Eyes Of Fire
Words and Music by Tom MacLear and Gordon Waller
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An Opportunity to Create a Meaningful Tribute to JD wasted.
28 November 1999 | by raleigh-5See all my reviews

I bought this movie because I have enjoyed the few films that Casper Van Dien has made. He does a credible job of portraying James Dean. Details of his Hollywood life came out that I had not known at the time of Dean's life (i.e. his relationships with Pier Angeli and Ursula Andress). What proved most discouraging were the "terrible" Italian accents (particularly from an accomplished actress like Diane Ladd) and from the Mitchum girl. I also found the background music uneven and sometimes so loud the dialog was muted. What might have been a good film came off as pretty amateurish.

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