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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:
Joseph 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 (segment "No Problem")
Isaach (segment "No Problem")


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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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, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,162, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,971,135, 18 July 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack White and Meg White from the "Tesla" segment are The White Stripes band. See more »


When Bill Murray makes his entrance in the segment "Delirium," he takes a drink out of the coffee pot he is holding. In the close up, Murray is holding the pot in his left hand. In the following wide shot, the pot switches to his right hand. See more »


Taylor: [Taylor is pretending the coffee he and Bill are drinking is champagne] I propose a toast.
Bill: So what should we toast?
Taylor: Oh, god... Paris, in the 1920's. Josephine Baker, the Moulin Rouge. Q'est-ce que c'est...
[mutters, trails off]
Bill: And also, New York, in the 70's. The late 70's.
Taylor: Really? Oh, alright.
Bill: [they touch cups] Cheers.
Taylor: Cheers.
[they sip their coffee]
Bill: Mmm. Délicieux, isn't it?
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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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Written by Richard Berry
Performed by Richard Berry & The Pharoahs
(c) 1957 Renewed EMI Longitude Music Co.
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd. c/o Original Sound Entertainment
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No tea and biscuits
10 July 2004 | by 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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