The Ballad of the Sad Café (film)

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The Ballad of the Sad Café
The Ballad of the Sad Café (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Simon Callow
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Edward Albee
Michael Hirst
Carson McCullers
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Release date
  • February 1991 (1991-02)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Ballad of the Sad Café is a 1991 Merchant Ivory film, produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by Simon Callow,[1] starring Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine.[2] Michael Hirst adapted the Edward Albee play, which in turn was based on a novella in a collection of short stories of the same title by Carson McCullers. The film was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


A lonely moonshiner named Miss Amelia dominates a small Georgia town. She changes in attitude and kindness as two men, Cousin Lymon (a small, hunchbacked man claiming to be Miss Amelia's cousin) and Marvin Macy (Miss Amelia's ex-husband) enter her life.


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


  1. ^ "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)". NY Times. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

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