Friday, September 2, 2016

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

IMDb plot summary: The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives.
Directed by Robert Altman. Starring Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Sudie Bond.

I loved this one a lot. You can tell it was a play -- one location, minimal characters, lots of talking -- but Robert Altman definitely makes it cinematic, particularly when dealing with the flashback scenes or intrusions of the past into the present. Each character here is interesting, and even though the end feels like they're rushing to get a Big Emotional Moment for every character, I actually didn't mind at all because I *wanted* that Big Emotional Moment for every character. A great script, really lovely direction, and phenomenal acting from all the ladies (but especially Sandy Dennis -- what a part!).

4.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
CDTT5&DJDJD > Days of Heaven
CDTT5&DJDJD > A Clockwork Orange
CDTT5&DJDJD > Kramer vs. Kramer
CDTT5&DJDJD < Amahl and the Night Visitors
CDTT5&DJDJD > Pirate Radio
CDTT5&DJDJD < The Nightmare Before Christmas
CDTT5&DJDJD < It's a Wonderful Life
CDTT5&DJDJD > Dead Again
CDTT5&DJDJD > Hot Fuzz
CDTT5&DJDJD < Jurassic Park

Final spot: #227 out of 2501.

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