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Come Back To The 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean

Film Information

Plot: Members of the James Dean Fan Club reunite to keep a promise made 20 years ago, and discover what time has done to them all.
Release Date: 22nd July.
Format: Dual format Blu-ray & DVD.
Director(s): Robert Altman.
Cast: Karen Black, Sandy Dennis, Cher, Sudie Bond, Kathy Bates, Marta Heflin, Marta Helfin.
BBFC Certificate: 15.
Running Time: 109 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond
Film Rating


Bottom Line

Delicately-judged performances and a heavy-dose of nostalgia which will appeal to many.

Posted July 5, 2019 by

Film Review

In a Woolworth’s, in a small town not far from where film star  James Dean shot Giant, his fan club reunite for an Altman-esque exploration of life, love, hope, and fear. 

The film is based on a Ed Graczyk’s 1976 stage-play and Altman plays close attention to the source material. The dialogue sparkles while being oddly unbelievable in the way that we tend to accept people talk in plays but never do in real life. For his set, Altman created two 5 & dime stores—one in the 1950s, one twenty years later—separated by a two-way mirror and this simple visual trick also serves to cement the film’s theatrical feel.

Naturally the performances are top-notch, with Cher proving once and for all that she can be more than Cher, the ‘star’. But somehow it doesn’t quite work. Maybe it’s the predictable nature of the revelations. Maybe it’s the curious balance of the quirky and the mundane—practically Altman’s trademark. Or maybe it’s the sexual violence which seems out of place in a film that pitches itself as a comedy. 

Come Back To The 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean is a good film. Not a great film. But it comes with a fist-full of delicately-judged performances and a heavy-dose of nostalgia which will appeal to many.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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