The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

Director: Simon Callow Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert



This first film directorial effort of actor Simon Callow is based on a novel by Carson McCullers -- which, in turn, was adapted for the stage by Edward Albee in 1964. Vanessa Redgrave plays a powerful Southern matriarch who, sequestered in her café/general store, holds her home town in the palm of her hand. Redgrave's benevolent despotry is threatened by the arrival of her hunchbacked cousin, Cork Hubbert (in the role played on stage by dwarf actor Michael Dunn), and her jailbird husband Keith Carradine. Unable to remove this threat to her authority by her usual means, Redgrave is reduced to challenging Carradine to a bare-knuckle fight! Carson McCullers' fascination with the disintegration of the Old South coupled with her preoccupation with the grotesque requires delicate handling (as witness Heart Is a Lonely Hunter). Callow works overtime keeping things controlled and tasteful; unfortunately, this results in a very mannered and stilted production, all too obviously betraying its stage origins.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
UPC: 0043396924338
Original Release: 1991
Rating: PG13
Source: Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vanessa Redgrave Miss Amelia
Keith Carradine Marvin Macy
Cork Hubbert Cousin Lymon
Rod Steiger Rev. Willin
Austin Pendleton Lawyer Taylor
Beth Dixon Mrs. Mary Hale
Lanny Flaherty Merlie Ryan
Mert Hatfield Stumpy McPhail
Earl Hindman Henry Macy
Anne Pitoniak Mrs. McPhail
Trula M. Marcus Woman
Shirley Rich Actor

Technical Credits
Simon Callow Director,Screenwriter
Paul Bradley Producer
Marianna Elliott Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Hale Set Decoration/Design
Michael Hirst Screenwriter

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