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An interesting film for Richard Thomas
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
The film kept my interest, though I'm not sure the premise has a point that reflects anything but nostalgia. It's about a college boy (Thomas) named Jimmy, who adores James Dean and is emotionally turned upside down when he hears the star has died. By the end of the film he's practically turned into a Rebel Without a Cause. The story is a bit loopy, but all of the actors, especially Thomas, are so sincere and believable. If you're used to Thomas as John Boy, this character is quite the opposite and it's nice to see the actor play someone a bit messed up. For the heartthrob fans, Thomas has a few skin scenes that show off his attractive form, albeit covered in mud. Also, by 1970s standards, the look of the film, costumes, cinematography and orchestra score take you back to the 1950s very nicely. Usually, films from the early '70s had trouble adhering to period and not looking like they were a product of the '70s. I'm not sure what this film is trying to say about James Dean, the '50s, obsessions or outsiders to the norm, but it's showing a kind of mix of all of those themes.