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Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Cast: Roberto Benigni, Steven J. Wright, Joie Lee, more...
Director: Jim Jarmusch
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Independent, SNL Alums
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Jim Jarmusch's black-and-white feature Coffee and Cigarettes contains three vignettes originally released as short films along with separate yet somewhat related sketches. As the title suggests, most of the vignettes involve famous people smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. The first, "Coffee and Cigarettes," is a six-minute short from 1986 starring Stephen Wright and Roberto Benigni. The 1989 installment, "Memphis Version," stars Steve Buscemi, Joie Lee, and Cinqué Lee. The award-winning 1993 segment, "Somewhere in California," stars musicians Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. The remaining sketches include Cate Blanchett performing a duel role, a conversation with Bill Murray and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and Alfred Molina and British television actor Steve Coogan as themselves. In its full-length version form, Coffee and Cigarettes was shown at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

bitter like old Coffee....... by funnytoo October 9, 2011 - 7:37 AM PDT
.........sweet like Godiva Chocolate. The dark kind, lingering on your tongue, enticing your brain to ask for more and more, this film is like that. I didn't want it to end, wished for more vignettes, imagined Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp having a little chat over Coffee & Cigarettes, delicious. Oh well, the industry is all about sequels, Jim Jarmusch, are you listening?!

Amusing and interesting vignettes by HPearson October 20, 2007 - 8:52 AM PDT
Very different and contrasting short portraits are linked together by common, everyday objects - coffee, cigarettes, and a checkered tablecloth. I liked the oddball, slightly gritty overtone of the movie. Nothing profound, but good, solid entertainment.

snoozer by nkeller May 15, 2007 - 8:56 PM PDT
for such a great cast, it's really not that as interesting as i'd hoped. i'm all about independents, short films, and everything else (goddess knows i've sat through my share of TERRIBLE student films, trying to play devil's advocate with myself and see the value), but i was disappointed to find this couldn't hold my attention. the short with cate blanchette is the best, i thought.

perhaps i'm a bit biased (i'm not one of those people who hate subtitles because i'm such a lazy american i can't stand to read while being entertained. ...bitter? a little.), but i wasn't a big fan of the choice for black and white film. i don't mind it so much i would rule out a film, but the dialogue didn't pique my interest as much one would think a "conversation" with iggy pop in a natural setting might.

overall, i felt "meh." about this one.

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