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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.

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Jake Manheim
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Joanna
Ellen McElduff ...
Mavis
Michel Moinot ...
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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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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Also Known As:

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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

Harry Levine: There comes a point in life when one will no longer bow and scrape, doesn't there?
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Referenced in Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

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Air of Nobility
Written by Kathleen Crees (as K. Crees)
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very entertaining though it seems like it should be
23 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chinese Coffee (2000)

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friends argue about their life

Chinese Coffee is an interesting movie. If you read what its about or even watch it it seems like it should be boring but for some reason its not.

Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach play two old friends who sit and talk for an hour and a half. They talk about their past, money and Harry's (Pacino) new book. That's pretty much it. 2 guys in a room talking, and somehow it's really entertaining. The movie is based on a play, which makes sense, it just doesn't seem like one that would become a good movie, but it does.

The style of Chinese Coffee reminded me of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, it's not as good but both are very play like and are mainly set in one room and completely dialog driven.

Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach both had great performances. I would actually consider this Pacino's last great performance, but hopefully that will change soon.

So if you like Al Pacino or Jerry Orbach try to find this film. Especially since it's one of the only movies Pacino directed. Hopefully this film is carried more places soon because it really is worth watching. I had to order it off ebay just to see it.

8/10


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