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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Joanna
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Maurice
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Harry's brother
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Undercover cop #2
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Around 25 minutes into the film, Harry opens a large jar of pennies by unscrewing the lid and placing it onto the table. The lid then mysteriously reappears on the jar seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Jake Manheim: Try something else. Try advertising.
Harry Levine: I loathe advertising! Bunch of trendy fucks in running clothes spreading disease and dementia.
Jake Manheim: Somebody has to do it.
Harry Levine: Not me!
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Toronto 2000 Wrap-Up
15 October 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

9/14 9:00 am CHINESE COFFEE (*****)

Unlike most films of plays that fail to break free of stagy theatrics, this film draws its strength from a wonderful script and an intimate tone of Off-Off-Broadway theatre. The combination of Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach together for a solid hour and a half could not be more special. Susan Floyd is also wonderful as Pacino's bohemian love. Painter, long time friend of Pacino and "Before Night Falls" director, Julian Schnabel, introduced the film on behalf of Pacino, who had to return to L.A. to shoot a movie.


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