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Coffee and Cigarettes -- "Coffee and Cigarettes" is a comic series of short vignettes that build on one another to create a cumulative effect as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the twenties, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide, all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As writer and director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be.

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11 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Match Factory orders Jim Jarmusch’s 'Coffee And Cigarettes'
 (From ScreenDaily. 11 May 2016, 10:00 PM, PDT)

Nelleke Driessen to leave Fortissimo
 (From ScreenDaily. 31 March 2016, 6:39 AM, PDT)

Iggy Pop thriller 'Blood Orange' gets UK deal
 (From ScreenDaily. 17 February 2016, 1:11 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Roberto Benigni ... Roberto (segment "Strange to Meet You")

Steven Wright ... Steven (segment "Strange to Meet You")

Joie Lee ... Good Twin (segment "Twins")
Cinqué Lee ... Evil Twin / Kitchen Guy (segment "Twins / Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")

Steve Buscemi ... Danny (segment "Twins")

Iggy Pop ... Iggy (segment "Somewhere in California")

Tom Waits ... 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 De Bankolé ... Isaach (segment "No Problem")

Cate Blanchett ... Cate / Shelly (segment "Cousins")

Michael Hogan ... Waiter (segment "Cousins")

Jack White ... Jack (segment "Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")

Meg White ... Meg (segment "Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")

Alfred Molina ... Alfred (segment "Cousins?")

Steve Coogan ... Steve (segment "Cousins?")

Katy Hansz ... Katy (segment "Cousins?")
The GZA ... GZA (segment "Delirium") (as GZA)

RZA ... RZA (segment "Delirium")

Bill Murray ... Bill Murray (segment "Delirium")
William Rice ... Bill (segment "Champagne") (as Bill Rice)

Taylor Mead ... Taylor (segment "Champagne") (voice)

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Rachel Dengiz .... associate producer
Jason Kliot .... producer
Demetra J. MacBride .... associate producer (segment "Twins")
Demetra J. MacBride .... producer (segment "Somewhere in California")
Gretchen McGowan .... co-producer
Rudd Simmons .... producer (segment "Twins")
Stacey Smith .... co-producer
Jim Stark .... producer (segments "Twins" and "Strange To Meet You")
Birgit Staudt .... producer (segments "Renee", "No Problem", and "Somewhere in California")
Joana Vicente .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Tom DiCillo (director of photography) (segment "Strange To Meet You")
Frederick Elmes (director of photography) (segment "Somewhere in California")
Ellen Kuras (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
Robby Müller (director of photography) (segment "Twins")
 
Film Editing by
Jim Jarmusch (segment "Somewhere in California")
Terry Katz (segment "Somewhere in California")
Melody London (segments "Twins" and "Strange to Meet You")
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Production Design by
Dan Bishop (segment "Twins")
Mark Friedberg 
Tom Jarmusch 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Chariton (segment "Somewhere in California")
Tom Jarmusch (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
 
Set Decoration by
Rena DeAngelo 
 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... key hair stylist
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Gloria Park .... hair stylist (segments "Renee" and "No Problem") (as Gloria Toyun Park)
Patricia Regan .... hair stylist
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist
Peggy Schierholz .... wig stylist: Cate Blanchett (as Peg Schierholz)
 
Production Management
Lisa Diamond .... production manager
Kathie Hersch .... production manager (segments "Twins" and "Strange To Meet You")
Laura Marks .... production manager (segment "Somewhere in California")
Gretchen McGowan .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Elefante .... second second assistant director
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director (segment: "Twins")
Laura Marks .... assistant director (segment: "Somewhere in California")
Josh Newport .... second assistant director
Clare Noone .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
JoAnn Atwood .... set dresser (as Joann Atwood)
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser
Ted Benjamin .... set dresser
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Cheyanne M. Casey .... art department production assistant
Addison Cook .... swing
Peter Donohue .... construction grip
Janet Kalas .... scenic artist
Robin Koenig .... set dresser
Keri Lederman .... set dresser (as Keri Lynn Lederman)
Frances Lefkowitz .... art assistant (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
Andrea Longacre-White .... art intern (as Andrea White)
Cathryn Mazer .... key art production assistant
Don Nace .... scenic artist
Scott Rosenstock .... set dresser
Jamie Vermilye .... art production assistant
Ron Waters .... construction grip (as Ronald Waters)
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... sound editor (segment "Twins")
Jeanne Atkin .... apprentice sound editor (segment "Twins")
Stephen Balliet .... sound mixer (segment "Somewhere in California") (as Steve Balliet)
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... dialogue editor: feature version (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor: feature version (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Dana Congdon .... assistant sound editor (segment "Strange To Meet You")
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer (segment "Twins")
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
Robert Hein .... sound re-recording mixer (segment "Twins")
Frank Kern .... sound editor (segment "Twins")
Lori Kornspun .... assistant sound editor (segment "Twins")
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer (segment "Twins")
George Leong .... boom operator
Katherine Gordon Miller .... assistant sound editor: feature version
Douglas Murray .... foley walker
Daniel Pagan .... foley editor
Daniel Pagan .... sound effects editor
Jeff Pullman .... boom operator (segment "Strange To Meet You")
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
Paul Sacco .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (feature version)
William Sarokin .... sound mixer (segments 'Strange to Meet You', 'Jack Shows Meg his Tesla Coil', 'Those Things'll Kill Ya', 'Cousins', 'Delirium')
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer: feature version
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer (segments "Somewhere in California" and "Strange To Meet You")
Colin Weeks .... assistant sound re-recording mixer: feature version
Paul Zeller .... sound editor (segment "Strange To Meet You")
 
Special Effects by
Peter Kunz .... Tesla coil wrangler
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Blakely .... film operations
Luke Dumaguing .... mti enhancement
Lloyd Forcellini .... digital mastering supervisor
Markus Janner .... digital effects supervisor
Joe Monge .... digital video manager
Major Reinhardt .... mti enhancement
Jennifer Russomanno .... visual effects artist
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... best boy electric
Aaron Kleinman .... third electrician (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
David Leibowitz .... playback operator
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera (as Dennis Livesey)
Chris Lombardi .... assistant camera (segment "Twins") (as Cris Lombardi)
Brandon Lortz .... grip assistant (segment "Somewhere in California")
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
Gary Martone .... key grip
Christopher Porter .... gaffer (segment "Twins")
Cornelius Schultze-Kraft .... camera loader (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
Randy Schwartz .... camera intern
Chris Thomas .... best boy
Chris Thomas .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine George .... wardrobe supervisor: Cate Blanchett
Rubinger Jillian .... costumes: Cate Blanchett (as Gillian Rubinger)
Jessica Pastor .... costumes: Cate Blanchett
 
Editorial Department
Tom Foligno .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
John Rehberger .... on-line editor
Jane Tolmachyov .... digital colorist: feature version
Gérard Estival .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Claude Isbell .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Tracy McKnight .... music consultant
Jay Rabinowitz .... music editor: feature version
 
Transportation Department
Aaron Kleinman .... driver (segments "Renee" and "No Problem")
 
Other crew
Allison Brandin .... production assistant (segment "Strange To Meet You")
Aaron Brookner .... production assistant
Scott Challgren .... legal assistant
Rachel Dengiz .... post-production accountant
Christina Fontana .... key set production assistant
Andrew Harper .... parking/security assistant
Hollis McConnell Jones .... body double: Cate Blanchett
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Lilli Lavine .... photo double: artist
Sara Lichterman .... assistant: J. Vicente and J. Kliot
Ruth Mankin .... assistant: Tom Waits (segment "Somewhere in California")
Harris Smith .... production assistant
Allan Stearns .... catering: Coast to Coast (as Allan Sterns)
Jack Turner .... production executive
Lauryn Siegel .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Otis Blackwell .... respects
Nicoletta Braschi .... special thanks
Art Collins .... personal thanks
Chris Fedak .... special thanks: Academy Film Archive
Ghostface Killah .... special thanks
Alysia Oakley .... special thanks
Ol' Dirty Bastard .... special thanks
Jesse Garon Presley .... respects
Angela Rambourg .... special thanks
Chris Rich .... special thanks
Tory Tunnell .... special thanks
Antony Zito .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Coffee & Cigarettes" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
95 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film was made over a 17-year period. The Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright segment was filmed in 1986. The Tom Waits and Iggy Pop segment was shot in 1995.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The page showing in Renee French's weapon magazine varies between shots, even when she isn't turning the pages.See more »
Quotes:
Steve:I've not given my number out to many eminent people in the past. I've not given my number out to Sam Mendes, so you're in good company.
Alfred:Well, if it's good enough for Sam Mendes it's good enough for me.
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A Joyful ProcessSee more »

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79 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
A blast (***1/2), 4 July 2004
Author: Jason Alley (samurai1978@aol.com) from Sacramento

Talk about an appropriate title.

This is a collection of 11 short stories directed by indie stalwart Jim Jarmusch ("Strangers in Paradise", "Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai") that have been filmed over the last 18 years, all of which involve two or more characters simply sitting at a table, conversing over...yep, coffee and cigarettes.

In the hands of a lesser director that might be extremely boring, but Jarmusch is a master of subtle understatement and great deadpan humor. This may be one of the funniest movies you've ever seen in which no one cracks a smile.

Almost all the actors play themselves, which adds a meta-theatrical, slightly surreal touch to it all.

Among my favorite stories are one in which an overly eager Alfred Molina has a surprise in store for coolly arrogant fellow actor Steve Coogan and a great one in which Cate Blanchett plays both herself and her jealous cousin Shelby. Then there's the one where Tom Waits and Iggy Pop meet in a dive bar to discuss things and have a smoke (to celebrate quitting smoking), Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes experimenting with a Tesla coil, and in the funniest casting, RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan sharing some downtime with, of all people, Bill Murray. I also like the one with Spike Lee's twin siblings, Joie and Cinque, dealing with an invasive waiter (a hilarious Steve Buscemi). Almost all the stories are excellent, but there are three that are very forgettable and pretty unnecessary, and they're all in a row, which disrupts the flow of the film. If those three had been taken out, "Coffee and Cigarettes" would be just about perfect, but it's still really good. And those three are out of the way in the first half, anyway.

For the first hour the movie feels mainly just like fun. Straight-faced, deadpan, B&W comedy just like "Strangers In Paradise". But as it goes on, and strange connections are made between the stories, it seems to have a sudden dreamlike depth to it.

The final story in particular, in which two old men in a dark room (Bill Rice and Taylor Mead) discuss life while on a coffee break that feels like it'll last forever, has a distinct "Waiting For Godot" feel and ends the movie on a perfect note of haunting, existential sadness.

It was at that point that I realized I hadn't just watched a string of jokey short stories, but a string of jokey short stories that say a lot about human nature and life in general.

And if that's not enough to interest you, how often do you get to see Tom Waits and Iggy Pop have a conversation? Or RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray?

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