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Bordertown Cafe (1992)

Marlene is the owner of a nostalgic cafe on the border of Canada and the USA. Filled with quirky and charming characters, life at the cafe is exciting, entertaining and sometimes chaotic.


Norma Bailey


Kelly Rebar (screenplay)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hogan ... Marlene
Janet Wright ... Maxine
Lora Schroeder Lora Schroeder ... Linda
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Chuck
James Holland James Holland ... Quint
Rugard Drusche Rugard Drusche ... Wally
Ted Felbel Ted Felbel ... Carl
Alec McClure Alec McClure ... Nedchuk
Margaret Anne MacLeod Margaret Anne MacLeod ... Aunt Thelma
Dorothy Montpetit Dorothy Montpetit ... Mae
Ruth De Graves Ruth De Graves ... Dee
Samantha Chemerika Samantha Chemerika ... Dee's Daughter
Wil Parrott Wil Parrott ... Dee's Son
Donna Lewis ... Joy
Pauline Broderick Pauline Broderick ... Mrs. Nedchuck


The sometimes comic ups and downs of parental and romantic love among members of a three generation family is explored against the backdrop of a small bordertown cafe (on the Canadian/U.S. border) owned by the family. Written by infomond <infomond@concentric.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance



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NFB (english) [Canada]





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1992 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »

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Not bad, Not great
26 May 2005 | by fubared1See all my reviews

Like others in the genre, 'Bagdad Cafe' and 'Mystic Pizza' come most quickly to mind, the film is more interesting for it's characters and performances than any definable 'story'. Like those other films though, it tries overly hard to be 'quirky' without reason, with no definable motivations behind the characters actions and reactions. It tries to present 3-dimensional characters, but gives no substance to their quirkiness. The performances are adequate without being great. The cast, I assume, is Canadian, and therefore unknown to most Americans. The direction is mediocre for the most part, and the writing, well, like the characters, there is little or no motive behind the action. Unfortunately the lead character is too irritating to be able to carry the film. One wonders, in fact, why the son is so devoted to her in the end. Just her voice would have driven any sane person out of there.

One of the oddest things about this film is that, from the beginning I thought it took place on the Mexican border rather than the Canadian border, and it took me a while too understand where the whole film was taking place. The setting looks hot and arid, like a desert town, not cold like a northern climate, and the characters seemed for a while to be talking in a Texas dialect. Add to that the constant, extremely irritating country-western score, and frankly I was shocked when I finally figured out these characters were actually supposed to be Canadians!

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