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Chinese Coffee (2000)

R | | Drama | 2 September 2000 (USA)
Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.

Director:

Al Pacino

Writers:

Ira Lewis (play), Ira Lewis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Harry Levine
Jerry Orbach ... Jake Manheim
Susan Floyd ... Joanna
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Mavis
Michel Moinot Michel Moinot ... Maurice
Judette Jones Judette Jones ... Supermarket cashier
Paul J.Q. Lee ... Counterman
Joel Eidelsberg Joel Eidelsberg ... Harry's brother
Maria Gentile Maria Gentile ... Sarah / Bellydancer
Christopher Evan Welch ... Hamlet actor
Neal Jones ... Eteocles / Actor in play
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ... Actor in play / Messenger
Hazelle Goodman ... Cafe Dante waitress (as Hazel Goodman)
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... Sgt. Boyle - Undercover cop #1
Mark Scarola Mark Scarola ... Undercover cop #2
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Storyline

When aging, unsuccessful Greenwich Village writer Harry Levine is fired from his job as restaurant doorman, he calls on friend and mentor Jake, ostensibly to collect a long-standing debt. Harry takes the opportunity to solicits his opinion on his latest manuscript, a work of semi-fiction based on their longtime friendship. Although he initially denies having read it, Jake later attacks it on aesthetic grounds, and deep-seated feelings of betrayal and jealousy surface, resulting in a traumatic confrontation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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There's a fine line between friendship and betrayal.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kinietiška kava See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Al Pacino starred in the 1992 Broadway stage production of "Chinese Coffee". See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film Harry is poured a full glass of seltzer with a lime in it by Barney. Although he does not touch it, the glass is empty when he gets up to leave. See more »

Quotes

Harry Levine: Don't fuck with my mind!
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Referenced in Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery (2013) See more »

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Cool Ballad
Written by David Chesky
Courtesy of Manhattan Production Music (ASCAP)
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Easily my favorite performance by Pacino and director work
5 July 2015 | by tfmiltzSee all my reviews

This movie will require many revisits to fully appreciate it.

Tempted to call it 'My room' or heh - 'My room with a view'.

No spoilers here - not that this movie has any.

Do not miss this experience.

Forget waiting for Godot - I think he shows up in this one.

Just a masterpiece.

I really don't have any words beyond that, short of Thank you Al Pacino for working on this and bringing it to light.

All I can say is - watch this, maybe watch it over some period of time - in pieces.


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