Deadman's Curve

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Deadman's Curve
Directed by Richard Compton
Produced by Pat Rooney
Written by Paul Morantz
Dalene Young
Starring Richard Hatch
Bruce Davison
Wolfman Jack
Susan Sullivan
Dick Clark
Jan Berry
Music by Jan and Dean
Distributed by CBS (US)
Release dates
3 February 1978
Running time
100 min
Language English

Deadman's Curve is a 1978 made for TV film based on the musical careers of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence. Developed from a 1974 article published in the Rolling Stone magazine by Paul Morantz, who also helped write the screenplay.[1]


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 is seen as a slim chance, but Jan's willingness to try and with Dean right by his side, the duo aim for another shot.


Also features cameo appearances by Dick Clark and Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Also, Jan Berry himself and his parents appear in the audience at the end of the movie.

Featured Songs[edit]

All songs featured are the original recordings, except where indicated

Jan & Dean's back-up band, Papa Doo Run Run featuring Dean Torrence, went into the studio to record some additional songs for the soundtrack. Songs included "Pipeline," "Wipe Out," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Get a Job," "A Teenager in Love," and "One Summer Night", all of which can be heard playing in the background as incidental music.


  1. ^ Morrantz, Paul (12 Sep 1974). "The Road Back from Dead Man’s Curve". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

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