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Germany / USA 1987
Directed by
Percy Adlon
95 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4.5 stars

Bagdad Cafe

Bagdad Cafe is a gem of a film that is distinguished by a simple but inventive and humorous script by Adlon with his wife, Eleonore, quirky characters, exuberant cinematography by Bernd Heinl, evocative music by Bob Telson and with a memorable out-of-retirement performance for Jack Palance.

From the opening scene Adlon skilfully unfurls the story of the unlikely friendship between Jasmin (Marianne Sagebrecht) a holidaying German hausfrau stranded somewhere in the Mojave Desert after an argument with her slob of a husband and Brenda, who runs a two-bit gas station and motel and struggles to keep her work-shy family on the job. In this role CCH Pounder is unforgettable.

A feelgood movie without the sentimentality, it was a huge popular success and remains a consistently rewarding film. Adlon and Sagebrecht combined again in Rosalie Goes Shopping in 1989 and Sugarbaby in 1985 but without the same degree of success.

DVD Extras: New digitized version; a director's commentary in German; filmographies; trailer and photo gallery.

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment




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