COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN

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COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN

Robert Altman
USA, 1982
Fiction, 109min, OF

COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN

Robert Altman
USA, 1982
Fiction, 109min, OF

Cast: 
Sandy Dennis
Mona
Cher
Sissy
Karen Black
Joanne
Sudie Bond
Juanita
Kathy Bates
Stella Mae
Marta Heflin
Edna Louise
Mark Patton
Joe Qualley
Screenplay: 
Ed Graczyk
Sound: 
Robert Q. Lovett
Al Nahmias
Camera: 
Pierre Mignot
Editor: 
Jason Rosenfield
Decoration: 
David Gropman
Costume: 
Scott Bushnell

Production: 
Sandcastle 5 Productions Viacom Enterprises
World Sales: 
Paramount Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The movie takes place in a small Texas town not far from the locations where James Dean shot Giant in 1955. The story begins twenty years later, at a reunion of the local James Dean fan club; the members swore a solemn vow to get together after two decades, and they drift in one by one. There’s Mona, the flaky, visionary local woman who’s convinced that she bore a son by James Dean. Then Sissy walks in looking like a small-town sexpot unsure of her appeal. The last arrival is Joanne, who drove in all the way from California, and is not surprised when nobody recognizes her at first. The fan club members and a few local good ol’ girls join in a long afternoon of memories, nostalgia, self-analysis, accusation, shocking revelations, and anger, while heat-lightning flickers offscreen. Come Back to the 5 & Dime ... is a mixture of the bizarre and the banal, a slice of lives that could never have been led, a richly textured mixture of confessions, obsessions, and surprises. (Roger Ebert)