The Ballad of the Sad Café

The Ballad of the Sad Café

The Ballad of the Sad Café is a 1991 Southern Gothic drama film directed by Simon Callow and starring Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, and Rod Steiger. Its plot follows Amelia, a moonshiner in rural 1930s Georgia who is visited by her former husband, recently released from prison.


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.

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    contentLocation Georgia
    director Simon Callow
    editor Andrew Marcus
    genre drama
    keywords claim
    musicBy Richard Robbins
    producer Ismail Merchant
    theme gothic