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Bagdad CafeGermany / USA 1987
Directed by Percy Adlon
Running time 95 minutes
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.
DVD Extras: New digitized version; a director's commentary in German; filmographies; trailer and photo gallery.
Available from: Umbrella Entertainment