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Chinese Coffee (2000)

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

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Harry Levine
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Jake Manheim
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Joanna
Ellen McElduff ...
Mavis
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Maurice
Judette Jones ...
Supermarket cashier
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Counterman
Joel Eidelsberg ...
Harry's brother
Maria Gentile ...
Sarah / Bellydancer
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Hamlet actor
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Eteocles / Actor in play
Laura Esterman ...
Actor in play / Messenger
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Cafe Dante waitress (as Hazel Goodman)
James Bulleit ...
Sgt. Boyle - Undercover cop #1
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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Rated R for language

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Kínai kávé  »

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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 Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

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A staged play start to finish
23 November 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

A Broadway play turned into a film starring Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach. Think of this script as sort of a "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" between two heterosexual men. In the span of two hours (with flashbacks) layer after layer of their relatively short friendship is peeled away to raw feelings and pseudo-honest expressions until a few truths may have been reached. My only problem with it is in the style of the dialog – much of the time feeling the scripts are invisible but right in front of them. The timing is too "ready" and snappy, the comebacks polished, the exchanges sculpted with care. Had it (they) been relaxed, awkward, slow to respond, overly fast to respond, etc., I could've believed it. As it is, I never lost awareness this was a staged play.


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