Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe

4.6 8
Director: Percy Adlon

Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance

     
 

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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… See more details below

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
UPC:
0826663138566
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
6,601

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
Ray Young Trucker Ray
Ronald Lee Jarvis Trucker Ron
Mark Daneri Trucker Mark
Gary Lee Davis Trucker Gary
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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