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Bagdad Cafe (1987)

Out of Rosenheim (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 22 April 1988 (USA)
A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Jasmin Münchgstettner
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Brenda
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Rudi Cox
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Debby
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Phyllis
Darron Flagg ...
Salomo
George Aguilar ...
Cahuenga
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Sal
Hans Stadlbauer ...
Münchgstettner
Alan S. Craig ...
Eric
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Sheriff Arnie
Ronald Lee Jarvis ...
Trucker Ron
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Trucker Mark
Ray Young ...
Trucker Ray
Gary Lee Davis ...
Trucker Gary
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Storyline

Out of Rosenheim (Bagdad Café) is a look into the minds and lives of some people most of us have met but few of us know much about. This movie exemplifies how one person in the right place can affect a community of lives. The Adlons seem to express the view that all change and "magic" comes from hard work and mutual acceptance. A well-crafted view of the lives of tourists everywhere and the difficulties they can face. A Whimsical and lovingly Photographed look at the vast wasteland that is too often ignored by much of humanity. Written by The Kid in Bellevue

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Off Route 66 between Vegas and nowhere a little magic's going on... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Bagdad Cafe  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$3,587,303 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Brenda is on a rant in the parking lot of the motel, she exits the scene to the left and then reenters to the right having walked through the fourth wall behind the camera. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis: [nonchalantly plopping down in front of her mother's office desk after she's been out with some friends] Hi, mom! That trucker was a real cute dude, for a trucker. Like, I mean, he let me off in town, and I ran into Reggie, and so we buzzed around in his cruise-mobile over to Devil's Playground. Then we ran into these really grody airheads...
Phyllis: [noticing her mother's nicely cleaned and organized office desk] What happened here?
Brenda: [normal voice] Pick up your shit, sweetie.
Phyllis: [...]
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Connections

Follows Zuckerbaby (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Brenda Brenda
Written by Bob Telson, Lee Breuer, Percy Adlon
Performed by Jearlyn Steele (as Jearlyn Steele-Battle), Marianne Sägebrecht,
Tommy Joe White
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Mesmerizing Cafe, Mesmerizing Movie
9 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this film first started, my first thoughts were to turn to something else because Bagdad Cafe was not what I thought it would be. The movie guide said it was about a large women who brings change to another women's business.

For some reason, I stuck with the movie and was pleasantly surprised. I found myself laughing, crying, cheering, standing, sitting, jumping and even talking to myself. All of this equates to happiness, I felt happy by the time the movie ended and of course, I didn't want Bagdad Cafe to end.

An unlikely German woman named Jasmin (played by Marianne Sägebrecht) appears at this cafe/motel out of no where. She has a suitcase of men's clothes and no car. Her appearance raises the eyebrows of the owner, whose husband just left her, as well as some of the permanent residents of the Cafe. Jack Palance, for one, is a painter who finds Jasmin mesmerizing and wants desperately to paint her. The owner (Brenda) has a son who plays classic piano that no one cares to hear until this woman, who later performs magic, comes along.

By the end of the movie, things are jumping, attitudes have disappeared, and the camaraderie among the cafe staff is unbelievable. This is truly a feel good movie that picks up long after it's slow beginning. It took me to a place, in my heart, that was filled with emotion, song and dance. Bob Telson won an Oscar for best song (Calling You) for this movie in 1989. The song was also mesmerizing and would win again in 2003 if it were up for an award. The owner, played by CCH Pounder, played the role of a lifetime. She should have gotten an award for her performance as well. There's a lot to be learned at the Bagdad Cafe.


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