Fine and sensitive drama features Thomas (John-Boy of television's "The Waltons") as a teenager who is crushed on September 30, 1955, when his hero, James Dean, is killed in a car crash. Blount is his wild friend who goes into hysterics over the teen idol's death. The pair join with
other Dean-worshiping friends for an occult-mystical ceremony honoring their hero. The liquor-infested ceremony results in the accidental disfiguring of Blount's face. Themes of hero worship and death are well handled in this unusual film. Thomas breaks from his nice-guy television image, giving a
powerfully effective performance. Unlike so many films of this sort, teenagers are treated...