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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roberto (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Steven (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Evil Twin / Kitchen Guy (segment "Twins / Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")
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Danny (segment "Twins")
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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")
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Alex (segment "No Problem")
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Isaach (segment "No Problem")
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Cate / Shelly (segment "Cousins")
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

€72,167 (Italy) (14 March 2004)

Gross:

$1,971,135 (USA) (18 July 2004)
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Trivia

Jim Jarmusch usually took no more than two to three takes for each scene in this film, in which most actors improvised parts of the conversation. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous continuity errors in positions of items on the table throughout the movie. Coffee jugs disappear (Twins), cigarettes disappear from ashtrays (No Problem), cigarette packets move around (Somewhere in California). Cigarette lengths and coffee levels also vary. See more »

Quotes

Alfred: He's a very committed environmentalist.
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Alfred: Well... I think he prefers the term "leaf people."
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Crazy Credits

Not the Executive Producer ... Bart Walker See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) See more »

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Hanalei Moon
Written by Robert Nelson
Performed by Jerry Byrd
Published by Criterion Music Corporation
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Killing Me Softly With These Things...
7 February 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"Coffee and Cigarettes" (2004) written and directed by Jim Jarmush is a very simple movie shot in B/W, a typical in the good sense independent movie. It is a collection of eleven shorts where famous actors, comedians, rock-stars, and musicians played themselves. They drink coffee (lots of it), smoke, and talk. While each segment is short, we still can learn a lot about human nature.

I read some comments and was surprised that there are so many negative opinions. Some users think that the movie was slow - I did not even notice how the time flew. Of eleven shorts, six were wonderful, and the rest - quite watchable. After I finished watching it, I started all over and watched the ones that I loved for a second time. The best, IMO are "Somewhere in California" with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, "Cousins" - (Cate Blanchette plays a dual role - herself and her not so successful cousin, and she is as good as ever in the dual performance); "These Things Will Kill You" (Joe Rigano, Vinny Vella, and Vinny Vella, Jr), "Cousins?" – easily the best in the bunch (Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan), "Delirious" – the funniest (RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray), and the final one, the elegiac "Champagne" – (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead).


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