September 30, 1955 (24 Hours of the Rebel)
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September 30, 1955 (24 Hours of the Rebel)
This film, aired on television as 24 Hours of the Rebel, delves into the hero-worship aura that surrounded James Dean following his tragic death. This stars The Waltons' Richard Thomas (getting a break from his usual "goody-goody" roles), who, as character "Jimmy J," is stunned by Dean's death and gathers his friends in a drinking foray where the stupor comes more from their turbulent emotions than from the suds. Quite respected for its real-life glimpses, this film is the debut of Dennis Quaid.
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"Richard Thomas gives a great performance in James Bridges' sensitive, underestimated drama about the impact of Jimmy Dean's death on youth in a small town."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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