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Actresses Cher, Karen Black, and Sandy Dennis reprized their roles from the stage play that played on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre in 1982. Director Robert Altman also directed this stage season.
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Director Robert Altman previously directed the 1957 documentary The James Dean Story (1957) which had been released about twenty-five years earlier.
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The production shoot for this film ran for just nineteen days.
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The film received a ten-minute standing ovation at the Chicago Film Festival.
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The picture was actress Cher's first film since 1969's Chastity (1969) which was a gap of around thirteen years.
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After a string of flops, Robert Altman sold his Lion's Gate Films company and quit Hollywood to make low-budget independent films based on stage plays. This was the first of these which also included Streamers (1983), Secret Honor (1984), Beyond Therapy (1987) and Fool for Love (1985).
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Three of the film's cast have won Academy Awards for acting, Cher, Kathy Bates and Sandy Dennis. Karen Black has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress without winning, as has Cher and Bates, who both won the major Best Actress Oscar after this movie.
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Shooting took place entirely on just one film set which was a redressed version of the Broadway stage set which the film's director Robert Altman had directed the source stage play on.
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The film's one set was actually one double-set with two-way mirrors which were utilized for the flashback sequences. The two-way mirrored double-set was operated by computerized lighting modules which caused their own unique problems for the production.
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First of a number of 1980s filmed adaptations of stage plays by director Robert Altman.
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The total number of people who appeared in the film was only twelve.
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The film was shot in Super 16mm film stock and then blown-up to 35mm for the answer print.
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The celebratory reunion occasion that the girls and their fan club were celebrating was the 20th Anniversary of the death of screen legend James Dean.
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Due to the distribution problems associated with director Robert Altman's earlier movie HealtH (1980), Altman avoided big distribution for Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982).
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Having worked on the stage production, Robert Altman was convinced the material would make a good film despite bad critical notices and a short run in theaters for the play.
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Apart from a couple of 1960s outings, this was the first serious dramatic role in a prominent picture for singer and now actress Cher. It was this film and the next year's Silkwood (1983) that introduced Cher as a serious actress. Both roles were ensemble/supporting parts which were the precursor of much bigger 1980s lead roles with Mask (1985), Suspect (1987), Moonstruck (1987) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
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The film was made and released about six years after its source play of the same name by Ed Graczyk had been first performed in 1976.
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First of several collaborations of cinematographer Pierre Mignot and director Robert Altman.
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First American film distributed by American independent film distributor Cinecom.
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The film won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Feature at the Chicago Film Festival in 1982.
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The film's very long title is often shortened and abbreviated in spoken language and referred to by the informal short title of simply "Jimmy Dean" or the informal shortened title of "Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean" which doesn't have the repetition of James Dean's name.
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Playwright Ed Graczyk said of his source play for this film in the program for its premiere at the Players Theatre Columbus: "...Jimmy Dean can only be described as the result of my own observations and frustrations with progress that ignores a past; the lack of personalization and pride and the recurring need of people to build facades to conceal the truths of their lives. It is the facade that makes abnormal people seem normal and the sad people seem happy. A personal observation which I feel makes the people I write about, colorful, theatrical, but most of all, honest...The inspiration for Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean came many years ago during my five year association with the Midland Community Theatre in west Texas. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit Marfa, the site used by Warner Bros. in filming Giant. The only remaining evidence of the film was the facade of the mansion Reata used to film the on location scenes, now crumbling and supported by six telephone poles. It was the memory of that site, the pace of the people and the vivid recollection of the '50's idol James Dean on the youth of the period that resulted in the writing of this play".
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The film's source stage play of the same name by Ed Graczyk opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater on 18th February 1982 and ran for fifty-two performances until 4th April 1982.
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An early press report which stated that this film was being made for cable television was inaccurate according to director Robert Altman. It had always Altman's ambition to shoot the film for the big screen.
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The name of the James Dean fan club was "The Disciples of James Dean".
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The banner at the reunion read: "The Disciples of James Dean . . . September 30 '55 - September 30 '75". James Dean died on 30th September 1955.
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The film's long title, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), was eleven words long.
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The time-frame of the film and its source stage play alternates between 1955 and 30th September 1975.
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The movie's entire cast were women except for one man.
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The name of the James Dean movie that had been filmed in a nearby Texas town where the girls lived was Giant (1956).
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