Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


Action / Comedy / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 3441


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Kathy Bates as Stella Mae
Cher as Sissy
Karen Black as Joanne
Mark Patton as Joe Qualley
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 10 / 10

A masterpiece

There's magic in the mirror, literally in the case of Robert Altman's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean", as a dime store mirror separates 1955 from 1975. As a flashback device this is as close to perfection as you are likely to get. Ed Graczyk adapted his own play, which isn't particularly subtle or profound, (it's sub-Tennessee Williams and sub-William Inge), but which, like the cheap music of the McGuire Sisters that radiates from the jukebox and the radio, still delivers quite an emotional wallop. Of course, taking James Dean as the iconic off-screen character whose life and death affects the lives of the on-screen characters is a major theatrical coup in itself. Few people in the history of the movies has had such an impact.

Altman never leaves the interior of the store, pointing up the theatricality of the piece and his small cast are superb. It's set on the anniversary of Dean's death as the members of his small-town fan club gather in the 5 & Dime of the title to remember him and celebrate the birth of his supposed son, an apparent mentally challenged boy, never seen. He's one of the two male characters in the film; the other is Joe, the effeminate boy who worked in the store in 1955 and who we see only in the flashbacks.

The central characters are Mona, (a superb Sandy Dennis), the mother of the boy she has named after his famous father; Cissy, (a never better Cher), and Joanne, (a magnificent Karen Black), the beautifully turned out stranger who descends on the celebrations and is the catalyst for all that happens. You don't have to be a top detective to figure out the punchlines long before they happen but that doesn't spoil the fun. This movie is proof that a great director can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear; indeed that it's possible to make a masterpiece from material that is basically second-rate.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"To James Dean, long live the dead."

If someone has asked me what I thought this movie was about before having seen it, I would never have come up with the story that unfolds. The picture reminded me a little of "The Last Picture Show" released the prior year in 1971, primarily for it's small town Texas setting and it's emphasis on characters living lives of quiet desperation, crushed by shattered dreams and sentenced to unremitting boredom. In a way, it made me consider whether a black and white format would have been the preferred way to go here for the stark portrayal of it's principal characters.

With members of my own family dealing with issues of mental illness, a picture like this always has me considering that as a possibility for it's conflicted principals. It wasn't too far into the picture that I felt Mona (Sandy Denis) was dealing with events in her life that bordered on the delusional. But she wasn't the only one. Storekeeper Juanita (Sudie Bond) was shielding her own reality from the standpoint of big time denial. I'd have to say that all of the main players were superb in their roles, inhabiting their portrayals with a melancholy that affects the viewer in a subliminal way.

I can't really say that the story is entertaining in any way. Director Robert Altman tackles controversial themes, and perceptive viewers will come to realize who the father of the unseen 'Jimmy Dean' really is before the final reel. The fact that we never see the twenty year old youth is a classic maguffin in the story, as one is never really sure if he even exists or not, until Sissy's confrontation with Mona insisting that he knows a lot more than he lets on. Even that remark offered a startling innuendo if one were to carry the argument that far. Interesting to speculate.

Other reviewers on this board indicate that this is not a film for everyone, and on that point I would concur. One's rapt attention is required while watching, as the flashbacks have a way of blurring the reality between past and present and the characters don't visually convey the passing of years in terms of aging very effectively. However the filming technique is admirable and the players are all exceptional. I'm just not sure if James Dean would have approved.

Reviewed by drednm 10 / 10

Star Performances

Robert Altman's comedy/drama is set in the fictional McCarthy, Texas, where a reunion of a high-school club devoted to James Dean is about celebrate the 20th anniversary of his death. Mona and Sissy have never moved away and still work at the Woolworths five and dime with the ultra-religious Juanita. Soon Edna Louise and Stella Mae arrive, but they are followed by the mysterious Joanne to the parched town, 62 miles from Marfa, where GIANT was filmed in 1955.

As they try to discover the mystery of Joanne, they also reveal deeply held secrets in retelling the story of when Mona was chosen to be an extra in GIANT and bore the son on James Dean.

Much of the story is told in flashback as seen through mirrors. We see the old high-school gang and learn of the brutal fate of the club's lone male member. We also see them on the night Dean was killed in a car crash.

The three stars are remarkable. Sandy Dennis plays the deluded Mona, the woman who bore the movie star's son whom she believes to be retarded. She clings to her moment as an extra in GIANT and makes annual pilgrimages to Marfa to collect bits from the rotting movie set. Cher plays Sissy, the town's wild girl who married the high-school "hero" and dreams about a different life. Karen Black plays the mysterious Joanne who intrudes on the reunion to reveal some startling secrets about herself and the others.

Supporting roles are strong. Sudie Bond plays Juanita, a woman who refuses to see reality and clings to her religious fervor. Kathy Bates and Marta Heflin are other other reunioners, and Mark Patton plays Joe.

As the secrets are revealed to a medley of songs from the McGuire Sisters, the women rally round one another, heal their wounds, and regroup for one last go at "Sincerely." The bonds that hold them together are very strong.

Sandy Dennis, Cher, and Karen Black turn in searing performances.

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