Bagdad Cafe

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Released 1988

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Director:
Percy Adlon
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
Bagdad Cafe is a 1987 West German comedy/drama filmed primarily in Bagdad, California, and originally titled Out of Rosenheim. It features Marianne Segebrecht as the plump Bavarian tourist Jasmin, who winds up stranded in the desert after fighting with her husband. With nothing but a suitcase full of men's clothes in her possession, Jasmin settles into a desolated truck stop cafe which has become a haven for quirky characters and misfits. She develops a relationship with the owner, Brenda (CCH Pounder), and together they transform the cafe into a popular hot spot, with Jasmin as the entertainment draw. There are a number of regulars at the cafe who connect and bond, including former set designer Rudi (Jack Palance), tattoo artist Debby (Christine Kaufmann), and Hispanic cook, Cahuenga (George Aguilar). The film is built around the concept that one person in the right place at the right time can impact a whole community. The movie won a number of awards and was nominated for a best music, original song Oscar for the surreal and haunting "Calling You," written by Bob Telson and performed by Jevetta Steele.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The charm of Bagdad Cafe is that every character and every moment is unanticipated, obscurely motivated, of uncertain meaning and vibrating with life.

  • 88

    TV Guide

    Bagdad Cafe is a visually exhilarating and consciously modern film, more concerned with projecting an atmosphere or spirit than with telling a story. It's hard not to fall in love ...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Much of the film`s charm resides in the fact that there is no reason for any of this to happen, except for the director`s sheer will that it be so.

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