James Dean: Race with Destiny

James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997)

A deserted road. A deadly crash. A legend is born.

  • Genre: TV Movie, Drama
  • Release Date: 1997-10-02
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 2 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 48min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Mars Productions Corporation
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Mardi Rustam
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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 ingenue 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.

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  • Casper Van Dien

    as James Dean
  • Carrie Mitchum

    as Pier Angeli
  • Diane Ladd

    as Mama Pierangeli
  • Mike Connors

    as Jack Warner
  • Robert Mitchum

    as George Stevens
  • Connie Stevens

    as Jane Deacy
  • Casey Kasem

    as Bill Romano
  • Joseph Campanella

    as Winton Dean
  • Janelle Paradee

    as Marisa Pierangeli
  • Monique Parent

    as Ursula
  • Robin Joi Brown

    as Jennifer
  • Rebecca Budig

    as Natalie
  • Athena Massey

    as Elizabeth
  • Mohammed Rustam

    as Mario
Directing Mardi Rustam Director
Writing Dan Sefton Screenplay
Lighting Ted T.E. Tunney Gaffer