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Monday Movie Night: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Book Release and Movie Screening

Sunday and Monday, September 6 & 7, 2015

Free and Open to the Community

Monday Movie Night and Book Signing: Altman


In conjunction with Marfa Lights Festival, Marfa Live Arts hosted two events celebrating the life and work of director Robert Altman. On Sunday, September 6, Marfa Live Arts co-presented with Marfa Book Co. a talk and book singing with Altman’s widow, Kathryn Reed Altman and his son Stephen Altman. On Monday, September 7, Marfa Live Arts screens Altman’s "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" at the Crowley Theater.


This fall in conjunction with the Marfa Lights Festival, Marfa Live Arts hosted a screening of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean directed by Robert Altman. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a 1982 film adaptation of Ed Graczyk's 1976 play, also directed by Altman on Broadway with the same cast.


The film takes place in the small Texas town of McCarthy in 1975. Inside of a five-and-dime store, a reunion is planned for the members of a local 1950s James Dean fan club. An odd assortment of women arrive, revealing hidden secrets, as Altman flashes back, showing the women as young James Dean fans, and then jumps forward to present day to reveal the ravages of time and lost innocence. Among the women returning for the reunion is Mona (Sandy Dennis), a disturbed woman who, in the '50s, got a job as an extra on the Giant shoot and nine months later gave birth to a son, who she claims is James Dean's child. There is Sissy (Cher), a wisecracking waitress, and also Joanne (Karen Black), who holds a shocking secret that is revealed at the reunion. Besides the three main players, a collection of supporting characters maneuver around the periphery. They are Stella Mae (Kathy Bates), the wife of a rich petroleum executive; Edna Louise (Marta Heflin), a shy, withdrawn woman with numerous children; Juanita (Sudie Bond), the manager of the five-and-dime store; and Joe Qualley (Mark Patton), a young man who likes to dress up in women's clothing.

Special thanks to Susan Kirr, Ryan Hedge of Criterion Pictures USA , and Armon White of

Out Magazine.

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