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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 »


Complete credited cast:
Jasmin Münchgstettner
Rudi Cox
Darron Flagg ...
Hans Stadlbauer ...
Alan S. Craig ...
Sheriff Arnie
Ronald Lee Jarvis ...
Trucker Ron
Trucker Mark
Ray Young ...
Trucker Ray
Gary Lee Davis ...
Trucker Gary


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


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


Comedy | Drama


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


$3,587,303 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Whoopi Goldberg turned down the part of Brenda. She later played the part in the TV version Bagdad Cafe (1990). See more »


Jasmin Münchgstettner: Goodbye Miss Brenda.
Brenda: Bye Miss Jasmin.
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Referenced in Solkongen (2005) See more »


Written by Bob Telson
Performed by Bob Telson
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This movie is a gem.
23 February 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Bagdad Café is an atypical feel-good film with a great deal to say about human relationships and the impact one person can have on others. The offbeat characters who have virtually no past history-and none is needed-interact naturally and wonderfully. The viewer finds out all he needs to know when it's time for him to know it. The temptation to present these individuals as misfits has been avoided; instead, this odd group is portrayed as a microcosm of society as a whole. Their ultimate transformation is effected smoothly and believably, except for a jarring `musical' sequence near the end, which appears as an attempt to tie up loose ends. Symbols abound-the magic kit functioning as a metaphor for the changes effected by Jasmin, the unlikely protagonist of this story. The boomerang suggests that what one puts forth emotionally comes back to them. Many visual clues serve to connect the `incidents'-the coffee maker, the painting in the motel room, the box of magic tricks, a finger tracing dirt on the desk in Brenda's `office'. This is a film that is better on the second and the third viewing, when the directorial skills of Percy Adlon become more evident. He achieves a remarkable non-judgmental attitude in a nearly plotless story. Marianne Sägebrecht is superb as Jasmin; Jack Palance gives a wonderful performance as a retired Hollywood set-painter whose lust for Sägebrecht constantly boils humorously below the surface. CCH Pounder, as Brenda, holds back just enough in her performance to make her transformation unquestioned and acceptable. This is not a film of sex or violence; it is, instead, a film about people we might have encountered, the nature of being human, and the pleasures of being alive.

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