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Chinese Coffee (2000)

Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.

Director:

Al Pacino

Writers:

Ira Lewis (play), Ira Lewis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Harry Levine
Jerry Orbach ... Jake Manheim
Susan Floyd ... Joanna
Ellen McElduff Ellen McElduff ... Mavis
Michel Moinot Michel Moinot ... Maurice
Judette Jones Judette Jones ... Supermarket cashier
Paul J.Q. Lee ... Counterman
Joel Eidelsberg Joel Eidelsberg ... Harry's brother
Maria Gentile Maria Gentile ... Sarah / Bellydancer
Christopher Evan Welch ... Hamlet actor
Neal Jones ... Eteocles / Actor in play
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ... Actor in play / Messenger
Hazelle Goodman ... Cafe Dante waitress (as Hazel Goodman)
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... Sgt. Boyle - Undercover cop #1
Mark Scarola Mark Scarola ... Undercover cop #2
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Storyline

When aging, unsuccessful Greenwich Village writer Harry Levine is fired from his job as restaurant doorman, he calls on friend and mentor Jake, ostensibly to collect a long-standing debt. Harry takes the opportunity to solicits his opinion on his latest manuscript, a work of semi-fiction based on their longtime friendship. Although he initially denies having read it, Jake later attacks it on aesthetic grounds, and deep-seated feelings of betrayal and jealousy surface, resulting in a traumatic confrontation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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There's a fine line between friendship and betrayal.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kinietiška kava See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Al Pacino starred in the 1992 Broadway stage production of "Chinese Coffee". See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film Harry is poured a full glass of seltzer with a lime in it by Barney. Although he does not touch it, the glass is empty when he gets up to leave. See more »

Quotes

Jake Manheim: I'm exhausted from being exhausted.
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Referenced in Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

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Hey! Kathinka
Written by Thomas Eichenbrenner
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An Unpretentious Look at Pretentiousness
28 December 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Harry Levine (Al Pacino) and Jake Manheim (Jerry Orbach), two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript.

This film, based on a Broadway play (which had starred Pacino) is well-adapted by director Al Pacino (it helps that there was minimal stuff to direct). The origin as a play is fairly obvious, given how much is talk and how little is action (and I wonder if they had to add or modify scenes to create additional movement and scenery).

While not one of the greatest films ever, and not even one of Pacino's best, it has its moments and it is a great interaction between two people. If you like a lot of dialogue and bickering (think "Clerks" without all the dirty talk) and miss Jerry Orbach, this is the film for you.


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