The James Dean Story (1957) HD online
|Complete credited cast:|
|Martin Gabel||-||Narrator (voice)|
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|James Dean||-||Himself ('East of Eden' screen test footage) (archive footage)|
Originally conceived as a biographical film. Elvis Presley lobbied to play James Dean, but the decision was made to make a documentary instead.
Robert Altman's first choice for the narrator was Marlon Brando.
James Dean's father refused to contribute to the film.
All the members of James Dean's family who consented to participate in this documentary only did so after stipulating that 5% of the film's profits should be donated to the James Dean Memorial Foundation.
Robert Altman and George W. George (son of Rube Goldberg) set out to document the life of James Dean after learning of his tragic demise in a car crash. The film was released two years after Dean's death.
The opening title sequence was created by Maurice Binder, who went on to greater fame as the man behind the iconic titles to the James Bond movies.
This documentary about James Dean, includes numourous interviews with those people whose recollections of the film star were still fresh in 1956/57.
James Dean admitted to being heavily influenced by the acting styles of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.