The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Film Still

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

Simon Callow

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Merchant Ivory DVD)

Merchant Ivory DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $19.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1991
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English

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.”


Miss AmeliaVanessa Redgrave
Marvin MacyKeith Carradine
Reverend WillinRod Steiger
Lawyer TaylorAustin Pendleton
Cousin LymonCork Hubbert
Mary HaleBeth Dixon
Merlie RyanLanny Flaherty
Henry MacyEarl Hindman


DirectorSimon Callow
ProducerIsmail Merchant
ScreenplayRuth Prawer Jhabvala
From the novel byCarson McCullers
And the play byEdward Albee
Associate producerDonald Rosenfeld
Executive producerPaul Bradley
MusicRichard Robbins
CinematographyWalter Lassally
EditingAndrew Marcus
CostumesMarianna Elliott

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by director Simon Callow
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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