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Deadman's Curve (1978)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 3 February 1978
On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Compton

Writers:

Paul Morantz (story), Dalene Young (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Jan Berry
Bruce Davison ... Dean Torrence
Pamela Bellwood ... Annie
Dick Clark ... Himself
Wolfman Jack ... The Jackal
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Dr. Vivian Sheehan
Denise DuBarry ... Susan (as Denise Du Barry)
Priscilla Cory ... Linda
Anne-Marie Martin ... Nancy (as Eddie Benton)
Kelly Ward ... Billy
Noah Keen ... Jim Arlett
June Dayton ... Clara Berry
Vicki McLean Vicki McLean ... Caroline
Inga Neilsen Inga Neilsen ... Kathy
Charles Pitt Charles Pitt ... Soldier
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Storyline

On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly recovers, learning again to walk and talk. A comeback to the music industry seems impossible, but Jan's willingness to try and with Dean the duo aim for another chance.

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Based on a 'Rolling Stone' magazine feature article by Paul Morantz. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halálkanyar See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At 37:50, Wolfman Jack introduces himself to Jan and Dean in a small town as "Bob Smith", manager and The Jackal at the local radio station. Wolfman Jack's real name is Robert Weston Smith. See more »

Goofs

At 33:00, there is a what appears to be a 1967 Corvette with a 1967 427 hood in the driveway. As Jan's accident was April 12, 1966, it would have been impossible for him to have a 1967 Corvette. The same Corvette is seen in the small Texas town and shows a passenger dash that is pre-1967 and a gas lid that is a 1965. Also, the hood doesn't have the factory stripe on the center bulge and scoop. This car appears to be made of parts that would not have been around in 1966 with the front end and hood. See more »

Quotes

Jan Berry: I want to sing about what it feels like to drive 150 miles per hour.
[Visionary pause]
Jan Berry: We'll have a sound for summer. The surf, the girls, the cars, and at the center of it - at the center of it, the music of Jan and Dean.
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Connections

Featured in Behind the Music: Jan and Dean (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Like A Summer Rain
Written by Gary Zekley and Merrill Dean
Performed by Dean Torrence
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Good Movie; Underrated Performances
23 August 2001 | by mg1119See all my reviews

This is an excellent, emotionally compelling telling of the life of Jan Berry. The best thing is the performance of Richard Hatch as Jan, who should have at least been nominated for an Emmy for it, but was overlooked. He is brilliant as he captures Jan's handicap and struggle with aphasia. He also is uncanny at capturing Jan's personality and sense of humor, which is readily apparent to anyone who has seen Jan and Dean in concert. Bruce Davidson is also excellent in the less-showy role of Dean Torrence. Highly recommended for fans of mid '60s music, or anyone interested in dramatic biographical stories.


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