Fiction

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

Robert Altman
USA 1982
109min
V'11

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)

Credits
  • Sandy Dennis - Mona
  • Cher - Sissy
  • Karen Black - Joanne
  • Sudie Bond - Juanita
  • Kathy Bates - Stella Mae
  • Marta Heflin - Edna Louise
  • Mark Patton - Joe Qualley
  • Ed Graczyk
  • Robert Q. Lovett
  • Al Nahmias
  • Pierre Mignot
  • Jason Rosenfield
  • David Gropman
  • Scott Bushnell
Sandcastle 5 Productions Viacom Enterprises

Paramount Pictures

35 mm
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