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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
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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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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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: Don't fuck with my mind!
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Referenced in Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

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Touching performance by Al Pacino
8 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen Al Pacino in a different role from his usual "cop/mobster/lawyer" fare. Take Francis from "Scarecrow", one of my favorite Pacino roles, add 25 years and a passion for literature, and you've got a struggling artist, another dreamer waiting for life to happen.

Ideas on identity, art, time, love, sometimes with an absurdist bitter-sweet touch, are explored. As I watched, it reminded me of Orwell's "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" and Luigi Pirandello's "One, No one and One Hundred Thousand". The writing and acting are excellent. It's performances like this that cement Pacino's status as one of the world's greatest actors.


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