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Bagdad Cafe [1988] [DVD]

CCH Pounder , Marianne Sägebrecht , Percy Adlon    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: CCH Pounder, Marianne Sägebrecht, Jack Palance
  • Directors: Percy Adlon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063BLS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A fat Bavarian tourist (Marianne Sagebrecht) is dumped by her husband in the Arizona Desert and arrives, on foot and overdressed, at a truck-stop called the Bagdad Cafe. There she finds friendship with the initially irritable black owner (CCH Pounder) and something like romance with the resident weirdo artist (Jack Palance). The film was made into a television series with Whoopi Goldberg in the CCH Pounder role.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blossoms in the Desert 27 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
This is a movie you will either love or hate. If you are looking for plot, action or realism, don't go there. If you love Frank Capra and "It's a Wonderful Life", this movie is for you. Percy Adlon is a German indie director with a strange sense of humour (well, he is German after all) but a warm feeling for humanity and its potential.

A German couple quarrel in the desert, leaving the wife Jasmin (Marianne Sagerbrecht) stranded; she staggers to the run-down Bagdad Cafe by the highway, checks into the sleazy motel, and proceeds to change the lives of the dead-end no-hopers who are washed up there. Chief among these is the sour Brenda (CCH Pounder), who runs the cafe and drags her feckless husband, dreamy son and flighty daughter in her wake. More than that would be unfair to say, except to indicate that Magic is important to the minimal plot, and Magic is the business of the film. At one point a character says, "The magic has gone," and that's true both literally and metaphorically.

The performances have been criticised elsewhere here, but I see nothing wrong with them at all. Perhaps more importantly, everyone looks perfect for their parts, with the exception of Jack Palance who is under-used.

For the first 20 minutes or so I was frustrated by the jumpy, nudging directorial style which seemed to be trying to say that the movies was funnier than it actually was. In truth it's a bit of a slow burn, but patience is rewarded as soon as you allow yourself to be drawn towards these oddballs.

Much is unexplained. Why does Marianne decide to stay here? Why is Brenda's husband always watching through binoculars from a nearby hillside? How come Marianne's husband never comes looking for her?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally magic 31 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
Absolutely wonderful movie, what a great surprise. Don't be misled by the title! Delightful, simple yet profound, moving story! Oddly stunning visually with a great soundtrack.
No clues. just watch it and enjoy. It will leave you with a warm tingling feeling and totally satisfied that you have discovered a simple masterpiece. One to watch with a bunch of friends... what i did last night and i'm buying it now with the soundtrack as a gift. xx Z
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully quirky piece of whimsy 30 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
I got this film as a newspaper freebie ages ago, and knew nothing about it (other than that it was supposed to be good) before sticking it in the DVD player for the first time tonight.

And, I have to say, I enjoyed it immensely. No, it's not one of those films where the acting is of such outstanding class, or the story so powerful that you feel that you've experienced something completely earth-shattering.

Indeed, there isn't a great deal to the story - and it's a shame that some of the other reviews have revealed as much as they have - but the depth of the story isn't really the point. Rather, the point is that the story is very far from the usual "gas station in the middle of nowhere" one.

No, it is different, quirky, well-acted, and very watchable. And it left me with a feel-good glow.

Would I pay full price for it? Probably not.

Am I glad that I have it in my collection? A definite yes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual desert drama with a big heart 18 Oct 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Marianne Sagebrecht was a big star for a short time, thanks to this film and Rosalie Goes Shopping, also directed by Percy Adlon, and a previous one called Sugarbaby made in German and therefore less widely seen. She has a remarkable personal charm that is really at the centre of this amiable film, although all the performances are very good. The problem with this kind of material, which is basically "feel-good' but dressed up with more arty credentials, is how to avoid its sweetness becoming all too much. This is probably what led Adlon to make the opening part so long. Two women, both splitting from husbands acrimoniously, find themselves in the same space in the desert truck-stop and motel, where the German Jasmin feels miserable and feisty Brenda becomes all but unbearable. CCH Pounder does well in this role, but there is a lot of shouting from her in the earlier part of the film, which sets up a jarring note. This grounds the film in a certain emotional realism, as she has the failing cafe to cope with alone, plus two teenage children and the baby of one of these. Adlon counts on the magic arriving and lifting the viewer, like the characters, as if suddenly caught in the middle of a double rainbow. And it really does work, so that by the end, the magic show is totally joyous. The attention to colour and texture in the shots is consistently magical and plays up the fairy-tale element of the film. Jack Palance is pretty amazing too - what a face, what ageless charm and vitality he brings to an admittedly slim role. In the end, though, it is Sagebrecht's unique appeal that is perhaps most memorable, offset by a number of performances that are ultimately irresistible, and a marvellous open-hearted sense of a political message in there somewhere that never becomes too concrete or heavy.
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Bagdad Café [Longer Version] [1987] [Blu-ray] [French Import] Bagdad Café (also known as Out of Rosenheim) is a 1987 German film directed by Percy Adlon. It is a comedy set in a remote truck-stop café and motel in the Mojave Desert in the US state of California. It centres on two women who have recently separated from their husbands, and the blossoming friendship that ensues. It runs 1 Hour 35 minutes in the U.S.A, but 1 Hour 48 minutes with this French version.

FILM FACT: 1988: won Best Foreign Language Film at the 23rd Guldbagge Awards. 1988: won Bavarian Film Award Best Screenplay for Percy Adlon and Eleonore Adlon. 1988: won Ernst Lubitsch Award for Percy Adlon. 1989: nominated for the Oscar for Best Music, Original Song forBob Telson for the song "Calling You." 1989: won Amanda Best Foreign Feature Film forPercy Adlon. 1989: won Artios Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy for Al Onorato and Jerold Franks. 1989: won César Best Foreign Film for Percy Adlon.

Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht, C.C.H. Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann, Monica Calhoun, Darron Flagg, George Aguilar, G. Smokey Campbell, Hans Stadlbauer, Alan S. Craig, Apesanahkwat, Ronald Lee Jarvis, Mark Daneri, Ray Young, Gary Lee Davis

Director: Percy Adlon

Producers: Percy Adlon and Eleonore Adlon

Screenplay: Christopher Doherty, Eleonore Adlon and Percy Adlon

Composer: Bob Telson

Cinematography: Bernd Heinl

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 [Anamorphic]

Audio: French: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and English: 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good service. Good movie.
Published 19 days ago by C. Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like a lot its very funny buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. I originally found the movie as a free dvd from someone's paper and fell in love with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by John Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Bad, Bad
The original theatrical release of Bagdad Cafe was wonderful. I bought this product because it said it included over 10 minutes of cut scenes from a previous release, which I had... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nero Ragno
4.0 out of 5 stars john burns
this one aye recommend as it is a hidden not often seen gem of a movie as the title suggests it is about it is about a cafe of the title out in nowhere and the owners and other... Read more
Published 6 months ago by john burns
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost world
This is a magic mystery tour back to the "drop out" era of lifestyle experimentation. A homage to the unconventional in content and film style. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Wilders
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely movie
A must-see for everyone who is not into the usual mainstream blockbusters. It's one of these movies I can watch over and over again.
Published 11 months ago by R Breznay
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It
I had forgotten about this film as it was 1988 when it was made. It was worth seeing it again. The German lady is so good in this film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. N. Ball
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