Bagdad Cafe (1987)
November 14, 2022 4:23 PM - Subscribe

German tourist Jasmin Munchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht) argues with her husband after car trouble strands them along a dusty highway in the American Southwest. Fuming, she storms off and travels by foot to the nearest outpost of civilization -- the Bagdad Café. Upon arriving, she butts heads with the owner (CCH Pounder), but they soon forge an unlikely friendship. What begins as a few days' respite becomes a prolonged stay as Jasmine finds her niche within this eccentric truck-stop community.

Also starring Jack Palance.

A West German film, in English.

Directed by Percy Adlon. Written by Eleonore Adlon, Percy Adlon. Inspired by Carson McCullers' novella The Ballad of the Sad Café.

85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on more than half a dozen services, several of them entirely free. Also available for digital rental. JustWatch listing.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:26 PM on November 14, 2022

Despite some of the very slightly risqué content, this was a family favorite many years ago, we all really loved it. It even spawned a short-lived tv spinoff!

Trivia - the director Percy Adlon, is famed actor (and voice actor) Pamela Adlon's former father-in-law.
posted by 41swans at 9:48 AM on November 15, 2022

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