After the critical failure of Popeye, Robert Altman turned away from Hollywood, directing Ed Graczyk’s stage play. For the film, Altman retained the original stage set, which featured two identical Texas “five-and-dimes” separated by two-way mirrors that allowed the story to move back-and-forth between the past and the present. Set in 1975 and starring Sandy Dennis, Cher, and Karen Black, the story relates the twentieth reunion of “The Disciples of James Dean” fan club. They meet at the local hangout, near where Giant had been shot in 1955. Each recounts (often in flashbacks) their dreams, aspirations, and failures of the past decades. Given the focus on female fans, it’s not surprising that the film tackles themes of feminism, gender relations, and sexuality.
Preservation funded by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.