Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

USA, 1982, 109 min

Directed by:

Robert Altman


Ed Graczyk, Ed Graczyk (theater play)


Pierre Mignot
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Altman's film also jump-started the serious acting career of Cher, nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Sissy, one of the "Disciples of James Dean", an all-women fan club devoted to the late actor, meeting for a reunion at a crumbling Woolworth's in a small Texas town in 1975. Joined by group leader Mona (Sandy Dennis) and the glamorous, initially mysterious Joanne (Karen Black), the women recall their love for Dean, and the club that began twenty years earlier when the actor was in a nearby town filming Giant, and the fatal car accident that followed. Soon, as more memories of 1955 are recalled, secrets are revealed and old friendships are put to the test. (Eureka Entertainment)


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English A film transcript of the play with the same name. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean premiered in 1976 and brought back nostalgia for the 50s; 20 years later, the James Dean fan club reunites and constantly discusses references to his films and memorabilia. It is an interesting perspective on women's film, in which the heroines are still defined by a film star who has been dead for 20 years. Films like Giant have truly been idolized even among professional cinephiles, so it's no wonder that the former group of fans still lives through the original experience. Cher launched her famous solo acting career here, and Sandy Dennis, Sudie Bond (who reunited with Cher in Silkwood), and the still charming Kathy Bates were also excellent. ()

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