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Chinese Coffee (2000)

R | | Drama | 2 September 2000 (USA)
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 ... 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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Drama

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

Filmed in the summer of 1997, despite being released (and copyrighted) in 2000. See more »

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Around 25 minutes into the film, Harry opens a large jar of pennies by unscrewing the lid and placing it onto the table. The lid then mysteriously reappears on the jar seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Jake Manheim: I'm not in the reading vein.
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Delilah (Delilah's Theme)
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Performed by Ellis Marsalis
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A staged play start to finish
23 November 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

A Broadway play turned into a film starring Al Pacino and Jerry Orbach. Think of this script as sort of a "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" between two heterosexual men. In the span of two hours (with flashbacks) layer after layer of their relatively short friendship is peeled away to raw feelings and pseudo-honest expressions until a few truths may have been reached. My only problem with it is in the style of the dialog – much of the time feeling the scripts are invisible but right in front of them. The timing is too "ready" and snappy, the comebacks polished, the exchanges sculpted with care. Had it (they) been relaxed, awkward, slow to respond, overly fast to respond, etc., I could've believed it. As it is, I never lost awareness this was a staged play.


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