Born on April 5th, 1941
From Detroit, Michigan
Starting with his childhood in Santa Monica, this biopic explores the tumultuous life and early death of James Dean (James Franco). Dean makes his Hollywood debut in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden," opening the floodgates for his film career. While enjoying his newfound success, Dean embarks on a relationship with Italian actress Pier Angeli (Valentina Cervi). His success, however, is overshadowed by his father's (Michael Moriarty) reluctance to bridge a painfully deep gap with him.
Long abandoned by her husband, Amanda Whitfield (Katharine Hepburn) lives in a small St. Louis apartment with her grown children, smothering them both with her attention. Her son, Tom (Sam Waterston), dreams of being a writer, but supports the family with a warehouse job, while her sensitive, crippled daughter, Laura (Joanna Miles), resists her mother's attempts to get her to marry. Tom reluctantly helps his mother by inviting co-worker Jim O'Connor (Michael Moriarty) to dinner to court Laura.