The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for The Ballad of the Sad Cafe the Movie

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Unusual love story set in a small Southern town during the Depression. The everday lives of its townspeople are suddenly transformed when a distant relation of the town's outcast (Redgrave) unexpectedly shows up. A moving story that tries to portray both sides of love and its power to enhance and destroy simultaneously. Emotion never seems to come to life in a movie that's nice to watch, but is ultimately disappointing. Adapted from the play by Edward Albee, which was based on the critically acclaimed novella by Carson McCullers. A British/U.S. co-production.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS
Running time 100 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Play, Romantic Drama, Revenge, American South, Great Depression, Adapted from a Story, Producers: Merchant Ivory, War Between the Sexes, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews
Michael Hirst
Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger, Austin Pendleton, Beth Dixon, Lanny Flaherty, Mert Hatfield, Earl Hindman, Anne Pitoniak
Walter Lassally
Simon Callow
Richard Robbins
Merchant-Ivory Productions, Ismail Merchant

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