Jill Rachlin
September 18, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

September 30, 1955

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Dennis Quaid, Richard Thomas
director
James Bridges
author
James Bridges
genre
Drama

We gave it a D-

For those who aren’t James Dean aficionados, the title of this sophomoric movie refers to the day the 24-year-old actor was killed in a car crash. The story focuses on the angst-ridden antics of one particularly devastated fan (Richard Thomas, fresh from The Waltons). The angry young man is so grief- stricken that he strips to his underwear, fashions an Oscar out of mud, and conducts a séance to contact Dean’s spirit-all this before he gets really upset. On video, this film seems like a demented, time-warped Waltons episode. A rebel without a pause, Thomas (or is it John Boy having a breakdown?) rants and raves, trying hard to effect an earnest, misunderstood demeanor. He ends up seeming simply pathetic. Even a baby-faced Dennis Quaid in a small supporting role isn’t enough to make you want to keep a date with September 30, 1955. D-

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