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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 April 1983 (France)
The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Ed Graczyk (play), Ed Graczyk (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sandy Dennis ... Mona
Cher ... Sissy
Karen Black ... Joanne
Sudie Bond ... Juanita
Kathy Bates ... Stella Mae
Marta Heflin ... Edna Louise
Mark Patton ... Joe Qualley
Caroline Aaron ... Teenager
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Teenager
Gena Ramsel Gena Ramsel ... Teenager
Ann Risley ... Teenager
Dianne Travis Dianne Travis ... Teenager (as Dianne Turley Travis)
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Storyline

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior ? Written by David Gibson <djg@ukc.ac.uk>

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A cup of coffee and a side of dreams.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,298, 14 November 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$840,958
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

Though pains were no doubt made to ensure that the "mirror-image" flashback set for all 1955 scenes appears to be the exact opposite of the set for 1975 scenes, packaging for the many GE light bulbs stored on a back shelf in 1955 are not reversed as they should be (though the large GE sign above is correctly reversed). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Juanita: Jimmy Dean? Jimmy Dean! Come on back here to the five-and-dime now, Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean, you're out here, I know you are.
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Crazy Credits

Behind the closing credits, the camera pans around the abandoned building. We hear the wind blowing, with doors banging in the background. See more »

Connections

References East of Eden (1955) See more »

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Kid's Stuff
Written by Bob Perper and Sal Izzo
Performed by the The McGuire Sisters
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Stunning emotional drama and an American classic
15 May 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

Character studies don't come any better than this offbeat look at small-town self-delusion. Robert Altman, best known for sweeping epics like Nashville, shows us that even on a smaller physical scale he is an original, highly inventive director. The low-budget production uses 16-millimeter photography and a single set to create a desolate, lonely atmosphere that mirrors the characters' hidden emotional turmoil. Although we only glimpse a tiny portion through the store window, we get a perfect feel for the dusty isolation of dying McCarthy, Texas. Five and Dime also contains hidden elements of symbolism that you may not notice at first but add another layer to the brilliance of the film.

Still, as with any play, it's all about the acting. And here, the acting is impeccable, especially that of top-billed stars Sandy Dennis, Cher, and Karen Black. Dennis is Mona, the stubbornly (and dangerously) romantic leader of the Disciples; Cher is Sissy, the blowsy sex symbol with a painful secret; and Black is Joanne, a mysterious "stranger" who cracks everyone's delusions. All three are terrific and should have received more recognition for their roles herein. Great support is provided by the Marta Heflin, the delightful Kathy Bates, and Sudie Bond as the shrill, bigoted owner of the Woolworth's.

This is not a film for everyone. There is no action, by the traditional definition. But this examination fantasy and reality, how life is and how we would like it to be, is a haunting exercise in acting, direction, and emotional involvement.


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