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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.

Director:

Percy Adlon

Writers:

Eleonore Adlon (screenplay), Percy Adlon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Jasmin Münchgstettner
CCH Pounder ... Brenda
Jack Palance ... Rudi Cox
Christine Kaufmann ... Debby
Monica Calhoun ... Phyllis
Darron Flagg Darron Flagg ... Salomo
George Aguilar ... Cahuenga
G. Smokey Campbell ... Sal
Hans Stadlbauer Hans Stadlbauer ... Münchgstettner
Alan S. Craig Alan S. Craig ... Eric
Apesanahkwat ... Sheriff Arnie
Ronald Lee Jarvis Ronald Lee Jarvis ... Trucker Ron
Mark Daneri ... Trucker Mark
Ray Young ... Trucker Ray
Gary Lee Davis Gary Lee Davis ... Trucker Gary
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Storyline

Out of Rosenheim (Bagdad Café) is a look into the lives (and minds) of some people we all have encountered, but few of us ever get to know. This film (a 'fish out odd water'-type tale) shows how one person can affect a disparate community. The Adlons express the view that change and "magic" comes from hard work and mutual understanding/acceptance. A well-crafted view of the lives of people everywhere and the difficulties we all can face. A whimsical story, lovingly shot by people who - unfamiliar with what others too often ignore give this arid area - the bleak, and arrid South West, an almost fairytale-like beauty. Written by The Kid in Bellevue

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The song, "Calling You" written by Bob Telson and recorded by Gospel artist Jevetta Steele, was nominated for an Academy Award and used in an AT&T commercial. Singer/Songwriter Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) performed the song in the early days of the East Village club, Sin-é that showed the more intimate and ethereal side of his performances. The original song did not have a musical introduction before the opening lyrics so Jeff composed a part himself for those live performances. The song can be heard on the posthumous releases, 'Live At Sin-é' (Legacy Edition) and the covers EP, 'You and I'. See more »

Goofs

Christine Kaufmann's character's, the tattoo artist, name is spelled Debby in the film credits but the sign outside her shop spells her name Debbie. 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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Alternate Versions

Original German version runs 20 minutes longer than the US release. See more »

Connections

Featured in Just Trust (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Calling You
Written by Bob Telson
Performed by Jevetta Steele
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Magic in the desert and music by Bach
3 January 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Out of Rosenheim" is a film about how the kind Jasmin touches the lives of other people that at first disdain her. In fact, Jasmin is an angel that happens to come to the help of the poor people at the seedy motel and cafe because she perceives beauty where there is ugliness, hope where there was despair and turns everyone around to appreciate her for what she contributes to enhance their lives.

Percy Adlon, who is an original filmmaker, scored a big success with this simple film that, judging by some negative responses to this forum, can either make the viewer love it for its subtle charm, or just be perplexed because there is no action. Yet, Mr. Adlon, writing with his wife, Eleonor and Christopher Doherty, created a film that will stay in the viewer's mind for some time to come.

As the film opens, we watch Jasmin and her husband taking a break in their journey through the desert. As they quarrel, Jasmin decides to leave him and gets her suitcase out of the trunk to walk along the solitary highway to find a place where to rest. Before that, we have seen a strange sort of mirage in the desert horizon where two surreal lights are seen through some mist. Those lights seem to guide Jasmin as to what route to take in order to continue her journey, or maybe she is just an angel with a mission, as the film continues.

As Jasmin arrives at the seedy cafe that is next to the motel, she encounters a hostile Brenda, a black woman who is struggling to make the cafe and motel work with little success. Jasmin is given a room, but being suspicious, Brenda calls the local sheriff to investigate what is she doing at her place, but since there is nothing wrong, Brenda can't do anything.

Jasmin upon discovering the cleaning tools in her room gets an inspiration to continue to straighten the rest of the place. She goes and cleans Brenda's office, which is in a state of chaos. When Brenda gets back, she is horrified watching the confusion she left behind has been turned into a neater place where to conduct business. She can't concede the fact to Jasmin, who she still considers an unwelcome guest that has overstayed and has committed the ultimate sin of making Brenda aware of the messy state of her place and her life.

When Jasmin discovers in her husband's suitcase a kit about learning magic, she begins to practice the different tricks that she shows the others in the cafe. Rudi Cox, the strange man living in a trailer in the property, is a painter; he decides he wants to paint Jasmin and little by little he discovers the beauty of his subject who seems to radiate it from inside her soul.

The film owes a great deal of gratitude to Marianne Sagebrecht, one of the most accomplished actresses from Germany who is an asset to anything where she is cast. Ms. Sagebrecht steals the film because of the luminosity she projects; she seems to cast an aura that others see and are instantly won over by her kindness and her generosity.

CCH Pounder, makes a good contribution to the film. Her Brenda is at the beginning harsh, curt and just plain nasty because the way life has treated her. Jack Palance doesn't have much of a role to play, but his chemistry with Ms. Sagebrecht makes a sweet distraction for the movie.

"Out of Rosenheim" is a film in which nothing seems to happen, yet it is packed with a powerful message that comes across as one watches it. Percy Adlon and his star, Marianne Sagebrecht, made a timeless film that will survive the passage of time.


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Official Sites:

Imagica TV [Japan]

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bagdad Cafe See more »

Filming Locations:

Bagdad, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,587,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,696,134
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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