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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

PG-13
101 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a diminutive crook-back named Lymon. He suggests they ...See moreA tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a diminutive crook-back named Lymon. He suggests they open a café in the downstairs of her large house. Marvin Macy gets out of prison and returns to town; turns out he was married to Amelia but it wasn't consummated. He pleaded, then got angry. Is he back for revenge? Eventually, Amelia and Marvin stage a no-holds-barred fight in the café. Lymon's complicated response to Marvin and to Cousin Amelia figures in the resolution. Written by See less
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$2,343
Gross (US & Canada)
$184,890
Gross (World)
$184,890
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Jun 1991 (United States)

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Vanessa Redgrave
Miss Amelia Miss Amelia   See fewer
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Keith Carradine
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Cork Hubbert
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Rod Steiger
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Austin Pendleton
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Beth Dixon
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6.5 / 10 | 582 votes