|Directed by||Richard Compton|
|Theme music composer||Fred Karlin|
|Country of origin||United States|
Jacob Zilberg (associate producer)
|Running time||100 min|
Roger Gimbel Productions|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||February 3, 1978|
Deadman's Curve is a 1978 American made-for-television biographical film based on the musical careers of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence. The film was developed from a 1974 article published in Rolling Stone by Paul Morantz, who also helped write the screenplay.
As Jan and Dean rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan 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 with Jan willing to try, and with Dean right by his side, the duo aim for another shot.
- Jan Berry: Richard Hatch
- Dean Torrence: Bruce Davison
- Annie: Pamela Bellwood
- Dr. Vivian Sheehan: Floy Dean
- Susan: Denise DuBarry
- Billy: Kelly Ward
- Bob "The Jackal" Smith: Bob "Wolfman Jack" Smith
- Rainbow: Susan Sullivan
All songs featured are the original recordings, except where indicated
- "Dead Man's Curve"
- "Jennie Lee" (Jan & Dean version)
- "Baby Talk"
- "Barbara Ann"
- "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
- "Sidewalk Surfin'"
- "Like a Summer Rain" (a Dean Torrence recording from the Save For a Rainy Day LP)
- "Surf City"
Jan and Dean's latter-day 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.
Paul Mavis, of Drunk TV, reviewing Deadman's Curve after the death of Richard Hatch, wrote that although the made-for-TV movie skipped quite a few facts, and did little with Dean Torrence's character, the Jan & Dean music was still there, along with Richard Hatch's fine performance: "Cocky and exuberant at first, and then cold, sneering and manipulative as a domineering rock star, Hatch surprised me with the nasty edge he summoned up.... It’s a beautiful turn by Hatch in the classic biopic form: confidence, talent, and drive lead to success, but the ego needed to climb to the top proves to be an Achilles heel, leading to abuse of friends, loved ones, and self, and then to the inexorable downfall, before a painful but enlightening personal redemption."
- Morrantz, Paul (12 Sep 1974). "The Road Back from Dead Man's Curve". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 July 2011.