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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:
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Roberto (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Steven (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Cinqué Lee ...
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")
Alex Descas ...
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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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11 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café e Cigarros  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Jim Jarmusch shot the scene in which Cate Blanchett plays a double role on two different days, to give Blanchett time to transform her appearance and character. See more »

Goofs

Jack White plugs in his Tesla coil in order to show it to Meg White, but never unplugs it before pulling it away in his wagon. See more »

Quotes

Tom: Well... we could go to Taco Bell if that's more your style.
Iggy: You callin' me a Taco Bell kind of guy?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Ladies Man (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade to Nalani
Written & Performed by Jerry Byrd
(c) 1961 Combine Music Corp.
Courtesy of Surfside Hawaii/Lehua Records
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Odd concept works wonders.
25 October 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

An odd concept for a film, Coffee and Cigarettes can be seen as either one of two ways. On one hand a dark, clever, ingenious piece of cinema, or on the other hand a dark, clever, ingenious piece of cinema. Jarmusch has succeeded in gathering as diverse a cast as you're ever likely to see, the site of GZA, RZA, and Bill Murray waxing intellectual over smokers cough and herbal medicines is enough to interest even the most fervent sceptic of such work. Even the Cate Blanchett (whom i'm not a huge fan of) scene was so well set up and written (or improvised, who knows) that you find your self unable to turn away, so intent are you on what she has to say next. Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan are so wonderful as over blown versions of themselves, Coogan as a super arrogant celebrity and Molina as a bumbling, sweet, excitable actor. Together they form what would be the best scene of the whole film, that is if it wasn't for Iggy and Tom. Ah Iggy and Tom, such characters, such dialogue, such a beautifully surreal piece. Iggy (or Jim to his friends) is more like an over nervous school boy than an ageing rock star, and Tom is strong as the defensive perfectionist. All in all this film succeeds in what it tries to do, if you like dark surreal comedy then you'll like this. Be warned though it will give you a craving for Coffee and Cigarettes.


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