The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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  • PG-13
Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, and Rod Steiger star in Merchant Ivory Productions’ extraordinary 1991 film directed by the British actor Simon Callow. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, based on the novella by Carson McCullers and the play by Edward Albee,... read more

Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, and Rod Steiger star in Merchant Ivory Productions’ extraordinary 1991 film directed by the British actor Simon Callow. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, based on the novella by Carson McCullers and the play by Edward Albee, is both a grotesque black comedy and a prime slice of Southern Gothic set in a poverty-stricken rural community dominated by the curious, androgynous character of Miss Amelia. A forceful personality with a mysterious past, she runs the town’s only cafe and controls the locals through the careful distribution of her own secretly brewed “hooch.”

Original Release

03/28/1991

US Release

03/28/1991

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Cast

Vanessa Redgrave Miss Amelia
Keith Carradine Marvin Macy
Cork Hubbert Cousin Lymon
Rod Steiger Rev. Willin
Austin Pendleton Lawyer Taylor
Beth Dixon Mary Hale
Lanny Flaherty Merlie Ryan
Mert Hatfield Stumpy McPhail
Earl Hindman Henry Macy
Anne Pitoniak Mrs. McPhail
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Simon Callow

Writers

Michael Hirst, Edward Albee, Carson McCullers

Cast

Vanessa Redgrave Miss Amelia
Keith Carradine Marvin Macy
Cork Hubbert Cousin Lymon
Rod Steiger Rev. Willin
Austin Pendleton Lawyer Taylor
Beth Dixon Mary Hale
Lanny Flaherty Merlie Ryan
Mert Hatfield Stumpy McPhail
Earl Hindman Henry Macy
Anne Pitoniak Mrs. McPhail
Frederick Johnson Jeff
Lauri Raymond Sadie Ricketts
Joe Stevens Henry Ford Crimp / Henry Ford Crimp (as Joe Stephens)
Keith Wommack Tom Rainey
Kevin Wommack George Rainey
Laura Burns Molly Kelly
Megan Bowman Townspeople / Townsperson
Fred Brumfield Townspeople / Townsperson
Mary Brumfield Townspeople / Townsperson
Pam Christian Townspeople / Townsperson

Producers

Paul Bradley Executive Producer
Ismail Merchant Producer
Donald Rosenfeld Producer

Editors

Andrew Marcus

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