9/30/55

  • 1977
  • 1 HR 41 MIN
  • PG
  • Drama

Fine and sensitive drama features Thomas (John-Boy of television's "The Waltons") as a teenager who is crushed on September 30, 1955, when his hero, James Dean, is killed in a car crash. Blount is his wild friend who goes into hysterics over the teen idol's death. The pair join with other Dean-worshiping friends for an occult-mystical ceremony honoring...read more

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Fine and sensitive drama features Thomas (John-Boy of television's "The Waltons") as a teenager who is crushed on September 30, 1955, when his hero, James Dean, is killed in a car crash. Blount is his wild friend who goes into hysterics over the teen idol's death. The pair join with

other Dean-worshiping friends for an occult-mystical ceremony honoring their hero. The liquor-infested ceremony results in the accidental disfiguring of Blount's face. Themes of hero worship and death are well handled in this unusual film. Thomas breaks from his nice-guy television image, giving a

powerfully effective performance. Unlike so many films of this sort, teenagers are treated as human beings. What's more, the adults are also well handled, being given fine characterizations to work with. The excellent score is by Rosenman, who wrote the music for Dean's first two films as well.

This film unfortunately never saw wide release and ironically was put out at the time of the death of another 1950s teen idol, Elvis Presley.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Fine and sensitive drama features Thomas (John-Boy of television's "The Waltons") as a teenager who is crushed on September 30, 1955, when his hero, James Dean, is killed in a car crash. Blount is his wild friend who goes into hysterics over the teen idol'… (more)

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