The Ballad of the Sad Café (film)

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]

The Ballad of the Sad Café
Film poster
Directed bySimon Callow
Produced byIsmail Merchant
Written byEdward Albee
Michael Hirst
Carson McCullers
Music byRichard Robbins
CinematographyWalter Lassally
Edited byAndrew Marcus
Release date
  • March 1991 (1991-03)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



  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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