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Bagdad Cafe (1988)




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After breaking down in the middle of the California desert, a German couple begin to argue, and the wife walks. She ends up at a flea-bitten truck stop that is the second home to a group of odd characters, and she begins to transform their lives.
PG (adult situations/language, nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Marianne Sägebrecht
as Jasmin Münchgstettner
CCH Pounder
as Brenda
Jack Palance
as Rudi Cox
Monica Calhoun
as Phyllis
Darron Flagg
as Salomo
George Aguilar
as Cahuenga
George Aquilar
as Cahuenga
Hans Stadlbauer
as Münchgstettner
as Sheriff Arnie
Ronald Lee Jarvis
as Trucker Ron
Ray Young
as Trucker Ray
Mark Daneri
as Trucker Mark
Raymond Young
as Trucker Ray
Gary Lee Davis
as Trucker Gary
Baby Ashley
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Bagdad Cafe

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Unfortunately, the film's curious conceits remain implausible even on a fantasy level, and most of the satirical possibilities are either sidestepped or fumbled.

Full Review… | February 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Just as the main character slowly grows on people in the film, it can draw in reluctant viewers.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Percy Adlon's first English-speaking film is a charming fable about the friendhsip between two vastly different women.

Full Review… | January 13, 2011

This 20-year-old film reminds us of a time before independent movies became the formulaic fare they often are these days.

Full Review… | February 14, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An exotic celebration of the beauty of human personality and friendship.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Bagdad Cafe


This enjoyable fable is expertly edited and knows how to use a surreal cinematography to enhance the sense of oddness created by its rather unusual story. But it also doesn't know how to end and simply drifts without any clear direction in the last fifteen minutes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Starts out like low budget community theater but that's probably part of its charm. Bagdad Cafe has substance and heart that reveals itself in a slow-burn of oddball characters and intelligent scripting.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

beautiful. mesmerising, joyful film-making, of the kind that you wish there was more. reality and dream mix - Percy Adlon knows the right doses. a happiness pill for easy riders and cool viewers. in my opinion, excellent. 5/5

Anastasia  Bartzoulianou
Anastasia Bartzoulianou

Super Reviewer

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