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Bagdad Cafe (1987)

Out of Rosenheim (original title)
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 »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 2 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 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

Taglines:

Stuck between a rock and a hot plate. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The restaurant used in the film is still operating and is located on National Trails Highway (Rt.66) in Newberry Springs, CA and is now called "Bagdad Cafe" after the film. The motel (closed) and the trailer (now derelict) are still present on the property. 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 »


Soundtracks

All songs written by Bob Telson
except "Zweifach" (OTTO EBNER), "C-Major Prelude From The Well Tempered Clavier" (Johann Sebastian Bach)
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I never wanted to leave...
22 August 2003 | by simonrosenbaumSee all my reviews

I sat down and watched this in a rather distressed state having had a trying day. After a few minutes into the film my mood changed as I became immersed into this strange tale of a harassed owner of a cafe in the middle of nowhere and a tourist from Germany. The owner of the cafe brilliantly played by CCH Pounder is just as bemused as we are why this German tourist delightfully played by Marianne Sagebrecht wants to stay at her cafe. This is a wonderfully unpredictable film never going where most films would go. It's utterly charming and I only got distressed again when I realised it was about to end! (9/10)


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