Coffee and Cigarettes

Synopsis: Eleven separate vignettes are presented. In each, celebrities, playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves (with the exception of the characters of various wait staff, and one actor playing a lookalike cousin of herself), meet in a food service establishment with coffee/tea and cigarettes involved. Beyond the topic of discussion that brought them together, they often talk directly about coffee and cigarettes, more often that coffee and cigarettes, and by association caffeine and nicotine, are not healthy, especially if they are the only things constituting lunch. Other recurring themes include the Lee family, cousinhood, celebrity worship, the connection between the medical and musical careers, and Nikola Tesla's belief that the Earth is a conductor of acoustic resonance. In all cases, the coming together for coffee/tea and smokes acts as a bridge to overcome disagreements, and/or makes uncomfortable situations less uncomfortable.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch
Production: MGM
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

- This coffee tastes like mud.

- Really.

Which one of us do you think

looks like the evil one?

I'd say he's the evil one, right?

He's got the evil eye.

- I'm only kidding.

- You better be.

You know, I just thought of something,

with you two being twins and all.

- Did y'all go to Graceland yet?

- No.

You should. It's real cool.

- Mind if I sit down?

- Yes, I do.

Yes, you can sit down.

What are you, on a break?

Not really, but it's kind of slow.

Tell you what, you can help me out.

Just stay right there. You got me covered

and my boss can't see me.

It's his evil nature, right?

Anyway, what I just thought of:

Do you know that

Elvis Presley's got a twin brother?

Yeah, his name is Jesse Garon.

You know, Elvis' middle name is Aaron.

Aaron, Garon. Anyway,

everybody thinks that he died at birth.

But my theory is...

that his mother didn't wanna raise two kids.

She wasn't expecting twins.

She couldn't afford to raise both.

She gave one away.

She just sent one off. So Jesse grew up

in Arkansas, or Mississippi, or something.

So he didn't know he had a brother, Elvis.

But one day, like, 1968 or '69...

he's looking at himself in the mirror

and says, "Damn, I look like Elvis."

So he comes to Memphis, looks up Elvis.

Elvis sees him, he says,

"Yeah, you're my brother. I can't believe it!

"How you doing? What can I do for you?"

And his brother says, "Well, I don't know.

"Sure would be nice

to be you for one night."

So Elvis had this concert

where his brother sang.

They tried to see if they could trick people.

Damn if he didn't sound like his brother!

Then Elvis had an idea.

"I'm tired of the music scene.

I'll send him out on tour."

Big mistake, because it was his brother

who started to go to Vegas...

and wear them big collars,

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Jim Jarmusch

James Robert Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing such films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Paterson (2016). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. more…

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