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Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983)

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Zee is walking up and down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her. At a sidewalk café she runs into Eli. A very unlikely, funny and touching ... See full summary »

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Henry Jaglom

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Emil Michael Emil ... Eli
Karen Black ... Zee
Michael Margotta ... Larry
Martin Harvey Friedberg Martin Harvey Friedberg ... Mort
Frances Fisher ... Louise
Anna Raviv Anna Raviv ... Young Woman At Cafe
Robert Hallak ... Young Man At Cafe
Daniel W. Fitzgerald Daniel W. Fitzgerald ... Band Member (as the Lost Wandering Blues Band)
George Bacon George Bacon ... Band Member (as the Lost Wandering Blues Band)
Joe Price Joe Price ... Band Member (as the Lost Wandering Blues Band)
William Gross William Gross ... Band Member (as the Lost Wandering Blues Band)
Paul Williams Paul Williams ... Zee's Husband
Robert Schwimmer Robert Schwimmer ... Zee's Pianist
Madeline Silver Madeline Silver ... Eli's Ex-Wife
Ariela Nicole Ariela Nicole ... Eli's Daughter
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Storyline

Zee is walking up and down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her. At a sidewalk café she runs into Eli. A very unlikely, funny and touching relationship develops between two lost souls in the big city, which is the third major character in this film. Written by Rainbow

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Comedy | Romance

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Café New York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

The Rainbow Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, a character is seen reading the book "In Praise of the Sensitive Man" by Anais Nin. Nin was a great admirer of Henry Jaglom's work and dedicated part of that book to praising his film A Safe Place (1971). See more »

Quotes

Zee: Maybe I should have cooked more...
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Connections

References Chan Is Missing (1982) See more »

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Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?
Performed by The Lost Wandering Blues Band
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Hard to see what was the point of this Central Park West "romance"
15 February 2006 | by shearn-2See all my reviews

Can she Bake a cherry pie is a pointless film that perhaps was intended to be heartwarming--the coming together of an overanalytical rationalist and a confused, corny, Sixties-style lovable-airhead character, played by Karen Black. They meet in a café and start seeing each other on the day she was left by her husband, though we never learn why hubby left and it's not obvious in her character. Because we have seen lots of lovable-airhead films, the implication is that suit-and-tie husband couldn't handle her emotionality and whimsicality, yet these are not all that marked. Black's character actually seems a normal enough person (and has a fine singing voice), so we don't necessarily see why she is interesting--that is, how she is going to have to learn to grow, or how this new, badly matched partner will fit her needs. Her whole new relationship is uncomfortably suspect through the movie because it may be an impulsive rebound. The film aims to be character driven but instead is event driven; so and so happens, then the next thing in a one note plod.

The male character was dull--in fact nobody changes. One scene is poignant,where he plays back some home movies while someone's rendering of the ever-superb song "The way you look tonight" plays on top. Yet this scene does not add depth to our lead's characterization, because he is too neurotic to even imagine changing. Neuroses are, by definition, minor worries given excess emphasis, and are not deep, complex or amusing to be around. Halfway through, we know he's going to continue being his one note self.

Production values are poor with smudgy colors.


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