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September 30, 1955 (1977)

PG | | Drama | 6 January 1978 (USA)
When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally,... See full summary »

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James Bridges

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James Bridges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Jimmy J.
Susan Tyrrell ... Melba Lou
Deborah Benson ... Charlotte
Lisa Blount ... Billie Jean
Tom Hulce ... Hanley (as Thomas Hulce)
Dennis Quaid ... Frank
Mary Kai Clark Mary Kai Clark ... Pat
Dennis Christopher ... Eugene
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Jimmy J.'s Mother (as Collin Wilcox)
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Coach Haynes
Michael Lovell Farris Michael Lovell Farris ... Edgar (as Mike Farris)
Tom Bonner Tom Bonner ... Radio Announcer
Glen Irby Glen Irby ... Band Director
Bryan Scott Bryan Scott ... Dickie
Bush Satterfield Bush Satterfield ... Charlotte's Father
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Storyline

When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally, a tragedy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In twenty-four hours, a nice college kid named Jimmy J. robbed a liquor store, got drunk, held a séance, crawled through a cemetery, raided lovers' lane, dropped the Homecoming Queen, and went to jail. It happened on September 30, 1955, the day that shook up a generation! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

9/30/55 See more »

Filming Locations:

Conway, Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though Tom Hulce's character, Hanley, owns and drives a car throughout the film, Tom hadn't yet gotten his own driver's license when he did this movie! See more »

Quotes

Mr. Phillips: Hey, what you kids doin' down there?
Frank: We're just havin' a little picnic. Just havin' a little weenie roast.
Mr. Phillips: Looks to me like you're trespassin'.
[Frank recognizes Mr Phillips, and talks his way out of the situation by offering him a cold beer]
Hanley: We're not trespassin' any more.
Pat: Wish we had some weiners.
Hanley: I got one, Pat. Big, nice, fat one.
Pat: Did you buy some? Where'd you get some?
Pat: [Hanley giggles, and she realizes just what he's saying] ... nasty. You know that's nasty!
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Connections

References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Help Me I'm Falling
Written by Hal Blair and Don Robertson
Sung by Red Foley
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Deserves a wider viewership
11 July 2014 | by hotfriend1See all my reviews

An appealing rookie effort by James Bridges that has its moments. Yes, the quality is uneven but its melancholy, nostalgic undercurrent echoes Dean's effect on the disaffected youth of the "innocent" Fifties, the first generation to register his impact. Offbeat, quirky and, yes, melodramatic, "September 30, 1955" captures adolescent confusion, longing and the death of innocence, paralleling Dean's own untimely death. The day-for-night closing fade-out and elegiac music foreshadow a sleepy generation soon to lose its Saturday-night youth to rapid, startling change. Throughout, Dean's presence is often eerily palpable in an admittedly lesser effort that deserves a greater following.


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