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j. dean X2
- kevin sellers
Well, it's official. This is Robert Altman's worst film. An aimless, witless, pointless mess that wastes the considerable talents of Cher and Sandy Dennis, among others. Give it a D for drag (as in pacing) P.S. Even worse than this film is Jeff's gay and trans baiting review below. This guy used to be amusingly reactionary and occasionally perceptive. Now, he's just an offensive idiot. He also contradicts himself. In many of his previous reviews he extols American "exceptionalism," but here he castigates "abnormality." So, in the world according to Jeff, it's ok for the U.S. to deviate from the norm, but not non heterosexuals. This guy really needs a brain cell infusion.
The Divine James Dean ! Fitting Eulogy !
- DON RILEY
The poet Gregory Corso said there are three stages Talent, Genius and The Divine. The only film actor who achieved the third stage was James Dean. This is brilliantly acted and equally brilliantly directed film. The incredible Sandy Dennis leads a remarkable cast of Karen Black, Kathy Bates (who has a limited role) and Cher ( who to my surprise is actually good and quite funny for the most part). She actually provides the greatest amount of timing and humor. This is troupe acting at its finest, the women are all exceptional and the film works as a tribute to James Dean in the tradition of James Dean "gut wrenching and cathartic". Five Stars
Premiered on TCM in primetime
- Jeff Boston
There is one reason why this movie premiered on TCM 34 years after its limited and unsuccessful release. Last year was the year of Caitlyn, and this film serves to try to garner even more sympathy and normalization of the abnormal.
After reading the wonderful reviews about this film, I could not wait to see it. What a disappointment! What a let-down! I was raised in the south in the forties and fifties. No one talked with such filthy mouths as what I heard in this film. What a way to ruin what might have been a good film. Back then, this country, especially the south, at least professed to be Christian. A mother would have never tolerated her daughters to take the Lord's name in vain like I heard in this movie. If the director thought the bad language served to add realism, he was way off base.I am a faithful watcher of TCM mainly because I can usually trust I can watch clean films without foul language and excess violence. May I suggest you all do what you usually do, and reserve films like this one for late night? TCM is the last place people like me can enjoy clean films, with a moral to them, as well as a great story line. Thank you TCM. I hope it will be a very long time before I receive a shock like this again.
More fuss about James Dean.
I lived through the James Dean era, and even at the tender age ten, I heard my parent's gossip of Dean. By then I thought girls were a lot different than boys. There they were, going nuts over guys who would never give them a second thought. At least our hero's were real. They played baseball, football or drove cars at reckless speeds, but not to kill themselves but to win races. Watched the TCM premier with anticipation. A film I had never seen made in the 80's. The guest said the remakes costs 5 million. What a waste of film the first time. Maybe I couldn't get past the James Dean thing. I've seen and read a lot about reunions, and the secrets that come out. This film in my opinion is nothing special. This would be the first time I would not vote to have this available on home DVD. I also dislike Cher because she climbed up to fame on the back of Sonny Bono. Excuse the spelling if not correct. Her best acting was in Moonstruck. This apparently was he first film, and it showed, at least to this amateur reviewer.
Why Can't We Get This on DVD ?
- Sid Servin
This is absolutely one of the best movies that I have ever seen. Saw it the last time some years back and can't get enough of it. Can someone tell me why this is not on DVD. I would even take it on VHS if its out there. The performances of Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black and Kathy Bates are excellent. This movie leaves a lasting impression on you. Altman at his best in directing this picture.
what's taking so long?
It seems so hard for the good films to get to home video and not the crappy ones I know they have this film on VHS but once you had DVD you never want to go back to VHS,and what is taking so long for every movie that is ever made to transfer to dvd!I want this movie to be on dvd because much I adore TCM I know they will never air it and if they do they will air it at some very late hour,and then never play it again.I want on dvd so I can watch whenever I feel like it.
As interesting as Silkwood, terribly overlooked.
- Teena Phillips
I'm no reviewer, but here is a great film.The entire movie is in a five and dime store, so all of the focus is on the actors. Robert Altman takes him time and fully developes these characters with 3 secrets, which at this reunion get told, explained, developed one at a time. A very human look at humans and how they hide true feelings even among dear friends. The movie Giant had been filmed near by 20 yrs earlier and they formed a Jimmy Dean fan club. But now, 1 yearns to tell who they really are (Cher), 1 to tell who they always were (Black) and 1 to come to terms with who she really is (Dennis). Cher's very best work. Kathy Bates here too.We've all been there. See there's.Deeply satisfying. Deserves to be on a DVD.