Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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as Stella Mae
as Edna Louise
as Joe Qualley
as Sue Ellen
as Phyllis Marie
as Alice Ann
Critic Reviews for Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Seems to achieve an astonishing rebirth in the transposition of a play from stage to screen. It is also a rebirth for Robert Altman, who has fashioned a stirring comeback, revitalizing his technique and presumably his career.
Audience Reviews for Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
It's a mixture of the bizarre and the banal, a slice of lives that could never have been led, a richly textured mixture of confessions, obsessions, and surprises. May be too overtly theatrical for its own good (at least as a film), but it offers some superb performances.
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
I recently saw a 35mm print of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. They have done us a great service in restoring and preserving this film. Now I begin to understand the reverence in which some cinephiles hold Robert Altman. This is a powerful, affecting, and brilliantly staged and photographed film. The story morphs back and forth across twenty years, not with CGI special effects or editing cuts and dissolves, but through effects creating by lighting and staging right in front of the camera just as they were when Altman directed the play. We feel like we are peering into these characters lives as unnoticed observers within the diner, moving to stay out of the way while jockeying for the best position to watch from. The film also benefits from the experience and familiarity the actors bring from the stage production. These are not actors finding and creating their characters during filming, these are actors who have crawled inside these characters to live their lives in front of us. Must-see cinema.
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