Bagdad Cafe, Yermo

#12 of 30 in Nightlife in California Desert
Bar / Club · Nightlife
Bagdad Café is a 1987 German film directed by Percy Adlon. It is a comedy-drama set in a remote truck-stop café and motel in the Mojave Desert in the US state of California. Loosely based on Carson McCullers' novella The Ballad of the Sad Café, the film centers on two women who have recently separated from their husbands, and the blossoming friendship that ensues. It runs 95 minutes in the U.S. and 108 minutes in the German version.PlotGerman tourists Jasmin Münchgstettner and her husband fight while driving across the desert. She storms out of the car and makes her way to the isolated truck stop, which is run by the tough-as-nails and short-tempered Brenda, whose own husband, after an argument out front, is soon to leave as well. Jasmin takes a room at the adjacent motel. Initially suspicious of the foreigner, Brenda eventually befriends Jasmin and allows her to work at the café.The café is visited by an assortment of colorful characters, including a strange ex-Hollywood set-painter and a glamorous tattoo artist . Brenda's son plays J. S. Bach preludes on the piano. With an ability to quietly empathize with everyone she meets at the café, helped by a passion for cleaning and performing magic tricks, Jasmin gradually transforms the café and all the people in it.CastMarianne Sägebrecht - Jasmin MünchgstettnerC. C. H. Pounder - BrendaJack Palance - Rudi CoxChristine Kaufmann - DebbyMonica Calhoun - PhyllisDarron Flagg - SalomoGeorge Aguilar - CahuengaG. Smokey Campbell - SalHans Stadlbauer - Herr MünchgstettnerAlan S. Craig - EricApesanahkwat - Sheriff Arnie
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  • One of the spot along Route 66 which seemed to be deserted. No one was around the whole time we were there except one person who seemed to be living out in the discarded RV behind the restaurant...  more »
  • Loved this place, quirky, worth the trip along the Route 66, very friendly staff and their little black dog.  more »
  • As others have said, great roadside attraction!! Owner is friendly, and loves to talk about the movie that was made here. Bring yourself a sharpie and sign the wall. In one word, “unique”
  • Fun, quirky bit of americana. Worth the stop for a look around and a chat with the staff - they were delightful. In addition, they served up a decent diner breakfast all while inundated with 40+ French tourists.

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