Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a 1982 Broadway play and, later, 1982 film written by Ed Graczyk; the stage and screen versions were both directed by Robert Altman, and starred Sandy Dennis, Cher, Mark Patton (his first film role), Karen Black, Sudie Bond and Kathy Bates.
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 ... Martha
Ruth Miller ... Clarissa
Gena Ramsel ... Sue Ellen
Ann Risley ... Phyllis Marie
Dianne Turley Travis ... Alice Ann
It tells the story of a group of women, all members of a James Dean fan club, who meet on the anniversary of his death in the small Texas town in which Giant (1956) was filmed. They experience a day full of revealed secrets and revelatory experiences. The play was a financial failure and was panned by critics, notably Frank Rich in the New York Times, who mercilessly derided the text, direction, acting, and even the set.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Martin Beck Theatre, (2/18/1982 - 4/4/1982)
Preview: Feb 8, 1982 Total Previews: 4
Opening: Feb 18, 1982
Closing: Apr 4, 1982 Total Performances: 52
Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: The time of the play alternates between September 30, 1975 and 1955.
Karen Black Joanne
Sandy Dennis Mona
Kathy Bates Stella May
Sudie Bond Juanita
Marta Heflin Edna Louise
Ruth Miller Clarissa
Mark Patton Joe
Gena Ramsel Sue Ellen
Ann Risley Martha
Dianne Turley Travis Alice Ann
Despite the play's failure, the star power of the cast ensured a movie sale, and the 1982 film was an important turning point in the movie career aspirations of Cher. After trying for several years to be taken seriously as an actress, Cher was regarded as something of a Hollywood joke, until she performed in the stage version of this play, along with Black and Dennis. The strong reviews she received for her stage work paved the way for her to be cast in the film version, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. This success led to her being cast in Silkwood in 1983, for which she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In the film, Altman frequently uses mirrors as a device for connecting scenes seamlessly between the present and the past. Reflections in mirrors are part of many of the frame compositions in the movie. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean was Altman's first feature film since the critically-panned Popeye (1980).