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Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roberto (segment "Strange to Meet You")
Steven (segment "Strange to Meet You")
Cinqué Lee ...
Evil Twin / Kitchen Guy (segment "Twins / Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")
Danny (segment "Twins")
Tom (segment "Somewhere in California")
Joseph Rigano ...
Joe (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya") (as Joe Rigano)
Vinny Vella ...
Vinny (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya")
Vinny Vella Jr. ...
Vinny Jr. (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya")
Renee French ...
Renée (segment "Renée") (as Renée French)
E.J. Rodriguez ...
Waiter (segment "Renée")
Alex Descas ...
Alex (segment "No Problem")
Isaach (segment "No Problem")
Cate / Shelly (segment "Cousins")


Eleven separate vignettes are presented. In each, celebrities, playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves (with the exception of the characters of various wait staff, and one actor playing a lookalike cousin of herself), meet in a food service establishment with coffee/tea and cigarettes involved. Beyond the topic of discussion that brought them together, they often talk directly about coffee and cigarettes, more often that coffee and cigarettes, and by association caffeine and nicotine, are not healthy, especially if they are the only things constituting lunch. Other recurring themes include the Lee family, cousinhood, celebrity worship, the connection between the medical and musical careers, and Nikola Tesla's belief that the Earth is a conductor of acoustic resonance. In all cases, the coming together for coffee/tea and smokes acts as a bridge to overcome disagreements, and/or makes uncomfortable situations less uncomfortable. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café e Cigarros  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$99,162 (USA) (14 May 2004)


$1,971,135 (USA) (16 July 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Jim Jarmusch, together with Tom Waits and John Lurie, is a member of the Lee Marvin look-alike club "Sons of Lee Marvin", a portrait is hanging over The White Stripes during the "Tesla" section. See more »


In the "Twins" segment with Joie Lee and Cinqué Lee, along with Steve Buscemi, Joie paraphrases a quote commonly attributed to Elvis Presley, "The only thing a nigger can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes." Despite popular belief, Elvis himself, along with several of his friends and family members, has vehemently denied that he ever said this. See more »


Joe: You really are a fuckin' moron, you know that? I'm gonna call up the big tobacco companies and thank them for burying you!
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with a list of the historical, scientific, musical, and cinema-related figures that are mentioned or referenced throughout the film: "RESPECT TO: Nikola Tesla, Otis Blackwell, Junior Parker, Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, Lee Marvin, Henry Silva, Giant Robo, Heckle & Jeckle, Abbott & Costello, Vivienne Westwood, Spike Jonze, Spike Lee, Sam Mendes, PT Anderson, Michael Winterbottom, Harold Ramis, Gary Goldberg, Ghostface Killa, Old Dirty Bastard and the rock band Tesla...in a way..." After this list it closes with the memorial: "LONG LIVE JOE STRUMMER!" See more »


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A Joyful Process
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.) and Bernie Worrell (as Bernard G. Worrell)
Performed by Funkadelic
Published by Bridgeport Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Westbound Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing
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No tea and biscuits
10 July 2004 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Short films with nonsense dialogue of shifting dignity. Lots of self irony or even self sarcasm. Tom Waits is mocking with Iggy Pop in a way that it's hard to believe they ever can talk to each other again. Bill Murray is pulling the leg of the hip hop movement and the movement finds that funny. Cate Blanchett is on a genial level playing the double part of the filmstar and her jealous cousin.

Jim Jarmusch can't be beaten. The dialogue seems to be mostly improvised, but the concept is not. Every short chapter here has a meaning and gives us something to think about. The films are in black and white, like coffee and cigarettes and that still is, and will always be, a way of pushing things harder. This is very much comedy and very much serious.

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