Bagdad Cafe

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Overview

This West German film is set in the California Desert. A husband-and-wife pair of Bavarian tourists become stranded when their car breaks down; after a quarrel, the wife, Marianne Sagebrecht, gathers her luggage and stalks off. She stops at the Bagdad Cafe, a fleapit truckstop run by outspoken C.C.H. Pounder, who is also having husband problems. The Cafe has become a magnet for some of truly odd character: temperamental Hispanic cook George Aguilar, tattoo artist Christine Kaufmann, and onetime Hollywood set ...
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Overview

This West German film is set in the California Desert. A husband-and-wife pair of Bavarian tourists become stranded when their car breaks down; after a quarrel, the wife, Marianne Sagebrecht, gathers her luggage and stalks off. She stops at the Bagdad Cafe, a fleapit truckstop run by outspoken C.C.H. Pounder, who is also having husband problems. The Cafe has become a magnet for some of truly odd character: temperamental Hispanic cook George Aguilar, tattoo artist Christine Kaufmann, and onetime Hollywood set designer Jack Palance. Despite obvious personality differences, Sagebrecht and Pounder become friends. Bagdad Cafe was later adapted into a short-lived American sitcom starring Jean Stapleton and Whoopi Goldberg.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A cross between an existential European character study and a giddy Hollywood musical, Percy Adlon's desert fantasy introduced the offbeat character actress Marianne Sägebrecht to English-speaking audiences and revitalized the career of Hollywood veteran Jack Palance. Adlon presents his truck stop as a metaphor for the washed-up hopes of those cast aside by America, whether by discrimination and economic hardship (C.C.H. Pounder's caustic Brenda) or by the times (Palance's cowboy/artist relic Rudi). The variety show that brings the motley crew together and affirms their status as an odd extended family would be embarrassing were it not for the film's arid, deadpan humor. Without resorting to the precious, Bagdad Cafe achieves the kind of elation one can get from a great musical.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • UPC: 826663138566
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marianne Sägebrecht Jasmin Munchgstettner
CCH Pounder Brenda
Jack Palance Rudi Cox
Christine Kaufmann Debbie
Monica Calhoun Phyllis
Darron Flagg Sal Junior
George Aguilar Cahuenga
G. Smokey Campbell Sal
Hans Stadlbauer Munchgstettner
Apesanahkwat Sheriff Arnie
Alan S. Craig Eric
Baby Ashley Herself
Mark Daneri Trucker Mark
Gary Lee Davis Trucker Gary
Ronald Lee Jarvis Trucker Ron
Ray Young Trucker Ray
Jevetta Steele Singer
Technical Credits
Percy Adlon Director, Co-producer, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Eleonore Adlon Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Regine Batz Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Breuer Songwriter
Bernt Amadeus Capra Art Director, Production Designer
Christopher Doherty Screenwriter
Bernd Heinl Cinematographer
Norbert Herzner Editor
Heiko Hinderks Sound/Sound Designer
Al Onorato Casting
Byrnadette di Santo Art Director
Bob Telson Score Composer, Songwriter
Liz Warner Costumes/Costume Designer
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bagdad Cafe
1. Chapter 1 [11:31]
2. Chapter 2 [9:34]
3. Chapter 3 [8:17]
4. Chapter 4 [11:28]
5. Chapter 5 [10:47]
6. Chapter 6 [7:57]
7. Chapter 7 [11:11]
8. Chapter 8 [10:19]
9. Chapter 9 [7:02]
10. Chapter 10 [3:28]
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie! What a treasure!

    It's not the best movie I've ever seen in my whole life, but I love it. I saw it on cable, then watched it again, and again and then bought it. Told all my friends about it, who have now come over to watch it, who asked about it, and then bought it. Love the story. Jack Palance is wonderful, as usual as are the other characters. I would LOVE to see this become a stage play in Broadway. I'd go for sure. Get it, watch it. Worth it's weight in gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hauntingly beautiful...

    This is one of my MOST favorite films. I could watch it over and over and never tire from watching. Bagdad Cafe touches something deep inside of me, from the first time I saw it. Some movies you watch...others, you experience. Bagdad Cafe, for me, is an EXPERIENCE. So much so, it makes you want to visit Newberry Springs, CA where the Bagdad Cafe actually stands (where they shot the film) and you fully expect Brenda, Jasmin, Rudy, Sal, Phyllis... and the all the rest of the characters to be there. I love the southwest and this film captures the deep feelings I have. From the photography to the fun and sometimes haunting music - SEE THIS MOVIE. If you are totally bored or unaffected, I feel sorry for you. You REALLY missed something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Sunday Movie

    I absolutely love this movie. The acting is superb. While the movie takes some thought to understand what's really going on - it is well worth it. This is the only movie that I watch from beginning to end without moving!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A REAL 5 START FILM!!!

    When I first saw this film on cable television, I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT, for my own... it truely IS a film you can watch OVER and OVER... and each time you feel like it was the first time you viewed it. AWESOME FILM!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A quiet Surprise

    I bumped into this movie on cable and could not stop once I watched the first few minutes. I love the characters the beautiful skies against the dumpy lives and the terrific character development. IT is a great movie, now it is one of my favorites and a few weeks ago i never had heard of it. People i talk to now say- oh yes- i Love that movie! But no one lists it when you ask for recommendations. it is almost a personal movie, to keep for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly good

    Though I caught this movie by chance and it is an old movie it was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, very nostalgic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    captivating....

    The characters,these 2 wonderful actresses, the music, the light, the friendship...everything in this film is like a wonderful spell. A real master-piece of joy.....

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    Posted September 19, 2009

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