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Chinese Coffee

Chinese Coffee (2000)

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Al Pacino made a rare return to the stage in 1994 when he starred in a Broadway production of Ira Lewis's play Chinese Coffee. In this film adaptation of the drama, Pacino recreates his performance and also directs. Harry Levine (Pacino) is a writer in his early fifties who has published two novels, but never enjoyed enough literary success to leave his job as a doorman. Harry has just finished a third book, and is waiting for his close friend Jake Manheim (Jerry Orbach) to read the manuscript

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Jun 19, 2007

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A New York story born out of the acclaimed Actors Studio, Chinese Coffee is a tragic, at times comedic drama that focuses on the themes of trust, betrayal and compromise found in friendships.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Chinese Coffee

Al Pacino added flashbacks to the original play's script in order to break up the constant stream of dialogue, and in the special features, Pacino wonders if they're too much. They are because nothing significant happens during them, and the same can be said about the film's main action. So little happens in the one-on-one interplay that it fails to compel ... until the end. Pacino's final monologue almost makes it worth the wait.
The film centers on artists, and I suspect that its audience is limited to the people it concerns. Despite its obvious flaws, being in this group and having experienced an utter lack of money to keep me going, I enjoyed many parts of this film's action. Pacino and Orbach are fantastic, but they would've been even better if the film had a little more meat and raised the stakes of the conflict.
October 31, 2010
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Jim Hunter

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Al Pacino isn't a director, and he doesn't propose to be, but this is a terrific little film and I'm very glad that I got the opportunity to finally see it. The acting is great, and the source play is beautifully written. There's a sense of personal connection, both with the writer and the actors, and the result is a thoroughly convincing character study.
September 2, 2007
michaelcorleone

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Interesting play on film by director and star Pacino. It's good to see Pacino do interesting work like this instead of his usual "Now where is my paycheck?" films. A good companion piece with Looking For Richard for the arty crowd.
January 31, 2008
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