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Contents of this page: what Race With Destiny is, self-indulgent in-group jokes and stunning photos; special note to a special person.
James Dean: Race With Destiny
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999
News about the Video,
renamed "James Dean- Live Fast--Die Young"
From: Georgiana Steele-Waller
Subject: Race With Destiny
Came across your page while checking through my bookmarks. I thought I should up-date you on something. The film "Race With Destiny" has been released on video and is available at most Blockbuster's. It has been re-titled "James Dean- Live Fast--Die Young". You have an interesting spin on the soundtrack. My husband, Gordon would be chuffed to hear his music is too Country and Western! He is one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon from the 1960's. Check out more on him and the RWD page at: http://www.peterandgordon.com
All the best and thanks.
James Dean: Race With Destiny, at last. This movie is finally available on video!
At last the mystery is explained. I have no idea how to explain it myself! It seems that someone who worked for Mardi Rustam sued Mardi, expecting to be given a different title in the film credits. The court agreed, Mardi disagreed, and the movie is completely tied up for who knows how long. That is why we have not been able to buy it on video. Chalk up another win for the lawyers and another loss for the fans.
This is definitely a long-awaited film! See the George Barris replica Porsche Spyder. There is a similar car on my Cholame page. It's not Mr. Barris's car though. That sat outside the theatre on Saturday night with a black Merc. The Barris car got lost trying to find the Eagles, I think, for Friday night's premiere. The driver probably needed Our web page with directions.
Okay, I realize I didn't tell you what the movie is. The long-time Dean fans have waited so long for this to be distributed that we all know, but if you don't know, I'll add some info here. I couldn't be at the opening night, but George Barris was. I hope he'll write about it on his web site.
James Dean: Race With Destiny
James Dean: Race With Destiny is a biography of James Dean starring Casper Van Dien. (Maybe you caught him on Beverly Hills 90210.) It covers only the time when Dean was in Hollywood, with a short period while he was working in New York after East of Eden. There are no scenes of Fairmount, nor did he mention the town by name.
The Gallery Gang made the most of their evening at the Eagles theatre in Wabash Indiana. Here are a guest, Arnold from New Jersey, Kathie Wilson, Maxine Rowland, Carol Thailing and Mark Kinnaman outside the beautiful building.1
Mardi Rustam produced and directed the film, written by Dan Sefton and film-edited by Richard Brummer. Carrie Mitchum plays Pier Angeli. Other stars include Diane Ladd, Connie Stevens, Joseph Campanella, the late Robert Mitchum, Casey Kasem, Mike Connors and Janelle Paradee as Pier's younger sister. I'm so glad the movie is finally seeing the light of day. It must have been a labor of love to make it.
It's a good date movie. Lots of romance but a lot of angst. The scene with Robert Mitchum is superb. The scene with Winton Dean was heart-tugging. It's a very emotional movie. Connie Stevens was believeable as the mothering agent who kept Dean from blowing up his own career. In fact, everyone was well cast. Dianne Ladd was the woman you love to hate, on a par with villanous Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
I think the movie settles the issue of where the car's nickname, Little Bastard, comes from. It sure as heck isn't from Fairmount.
Some annoying woman kept taking photos inside the theatre. Somehow those photos turned up in Our camera....
My husband was sure there was a TR-3 in a car racing scene, because he owned one, but he isn't willing to bet large sums of money on it. He thought a Jaguar XKE was in a racing shot, but our eyes may have tricked us. It went by so fast! (What was it?) We know the Porsche has to be perfect because George Barris is perfect.
After the show, we ladies were picky about the makeup and we didn't remember that there had been so many short skirts, and I swear no 50s man used the word "unit" the way Dean did when talking to Dennis Hopper. But that isn't criticizing the movie, just a sort of one-upsmanship we Deaners practice all too often.
Of course the radio on the mantle of Mrs. Pierangelli's home was questionable. I'd not seen a wooden radio of that vintage displayed on a mantle in the 50's, and since it wasn't a transistor, it should have taken the tubes a while to warm up after Dean turned it on. But that's not criticizing the movie. It's only that I have lived with lots of old radios for 30 some years. The Pierangellis would have had a console radio in the living room, or possibly a record player. The small radio would have been in another room or on an occasional table. I'd welcome someone who can prove me wrong.
The lack of background music was unsettling. I expect to hear it. I am never far from music. What music I did notice was usually too country-and-western. I know, "everybody's a critic," but many others said the same thing. Okay. a lot of wrong people don't make a right, I know.
My friends who have met Casper Van Dien over the years all have said he has a great personality. He's friendly and not affected. I hope he stays that way after this movie makes him world-famous.
I need to let this movie "settle" while I remember more about it. I think the ending will give me nightmares. Aleta Verdugo said after the movie that she had dreamed that final scene, one month ago. Eerie.
Premiere (second night) guests including Kenneth Kendall, Maxine Rowland, Kathie Wilson from Kansas, Arnold from New Jersey, Aleta Verdugo, Illinois; David Loehr, Lenny, Heidi Goodpaster, Heath Schacktele, Patty, Tom Fagan, Curt Whirl, Scott Imfelt, Craig Kester, Bill Lane, John Garces, Naomi, Will Breedlove, James Byron Dean (of whom more, later,) Phil Ziegler and his friends Rose and Bernie; Greg Swenson, Mark Kinnaman, Carol Thailing, my husband Bill Weinhardt and all the people I've forgotten to name who may never speak to me again. We had a lot of fun, took a lot of pictures, held up traffic on Market Street, sneaked into the balcony, got kicked out of the balcony, clogged the lobby and sidewalk and had a super time. Long live the beautiful Eagles theatre!!
Bill at the premiere.
This man is responsible for all my computer equipment, my scanner, my printer, my software, my ISP monthly charges, my private telephone line, my extra email addresses and the paper I print the pages out on. And my cards with my URL on them. And my cameras, the Sony Mavica 7 and a nice Olympus Zoom, and the dozens of rolls of film, the developing, the stamps when I mail them out, the motels when I stay overnight for the Rockabilly and Magna cum Murder events.... my meals 365 days a year, my medical insurance, my car and car insurance and gas and tires and maintenance and my dentist and my glasses and my shoes and the terrific gold pants I wore to the premiere. Thanks, Bill, and happy 36th wedding anniversary, with love from your major dependent.
Fans, let's show our colors for James Dean and really enjoy this film. See ya in the movies!
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