Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


(out of 5)

Terrific dialogue and superb performances are slightly undone by director Robert Altman’s insistence on basically filming Ed Graczyk’s wonderful play without much cinematic flourish.  In it, and hold a reunion of their James Dean fan club, reminiscing about their youth (which plays out in lyrically connected flashbacks) and working their way up towards being honest about the many lies they’ve been telling each other (and themselves) in the years since. Enter as a transsexual who was once their friend Joe but left their dusty little town to escape the violent homophobia he suffered years earlier. Now she returns to take her old friends’ viciously naive nostalgia and shove it back in their faces. The cast members reprise their roles from the original stage production (also directed by Altman), and we’re so lucky to have their work captured forever, but it still feels too much like a filmed play to be enjoyable as a movie. Dennis gives her best performance on film since Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Cher is superb in her first meaty dramatic role (Silkwood followed only a year later).


USA, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Scott Bushnell

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 1982

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