Coffee and Cigarettes

Release Date: May 14, 2004
Limited release

I knew the Popeye outfit was a mistake.

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34/126 Kim Hollis If nothing else, see it for Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina's segment. But Bill Murray is hilarious, too.
85/133 Dan Krovich Uneven - some of the sketches are tedious but some are hilarious

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Back in 1986, director Jim Jarmusch was asked to do a short film for Saturday Night Live. He put Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright together at a table, where they had a goofy and improvised conversation as they drank coffee and smoked cigarettes.

Since then, Jarmusch has filmed many such clips over the years, with the most recent ones taking place in 2003. As time went on, he made the "conversations" more scripted and involved, and the final result is Coffee and Cigarettes, which strings them all together for a complete thematic piece.

The cast of the film is quite expansive, and includes such stuff as Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan in a short where they play "themselves," Iggy Pop and Tom Waits in a deceptively passive-aggressive exchange, and Bill Murray in a surreal interaction with the Wu-Tang Clan. The coup de grace, so to speak, is an exchange between Cate Blanchett and…Cate Blanchett.

Creating structure for the film are running jokes about nicotine and caffeine. That's no easy task for a movie that critics consider so quirky that it has literally no chance of playing in Peoria. As someone who grew up a mere 35 miles from that Midwestern town, I predict that statement will hold true. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Coffee and Cigarettes
Main Cast Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi
Supporting Cast RZA, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Alfred Molina, Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee, Cinque Lee, Joe Rigano, Vinny Vella, Vinny Vella Jr., Renee French, E.J. Rodriguez, Alex Descas, Isaach De Bankole, Meg White, Jack White, Steve Coogan, GZA, Bill Rice, Tay
Director Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter Jim Jarmusch
Distributor United Artists
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 96 minutes
Screen Count 5
Awards Awards page for Coffee and Cigarettes
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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