Top 10 Coffee References in Movies
There’s no denying it, the world’s addicted to coffee. It’s amazing how often the sweet, dark nectar crops up in movies- here’s our top 10.
10. Amelie: Professional do-gooder Amelie engineers the frisson between cafe regular Joseph and tobacconist Georgette by spilling coffee all over her so she’ll dash to the bathroom while he’s in there.
– Not to forget her clever use of the coffee steamer to disguise the vociferous nature of their.. erm.. ‘fun’.
9. You’ve Got Mail: Tom Hanks gives a rousing speech on the ‘higher’ purpose of Starbucks for the indecisive of society: “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, café, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino”.
8. Dante’s Peak– In the midst of a major natural disaster, Linda Hamilton’s character sets about wooing Pierce Brosnan with endless cups of coffee from her coffee shop which she personally delivers. Later in the film he admits: “I’ve never cared for your coffee.”
7. The Bucket List- Jack Nicholson’s character has a taste for the finer things in life, including one of the world’s most expensive coffees known as Kopi Luwak. Having refused to drink the coffee, Morgan Freeman later reveals it’ unpalletable origins: the coffee is made from the excrement of an Indonesian marsupial (the Luwak).
6. Best In Show: This movie pokes fun at the horrifying ubiquitous nature of the Starbucks coffee shop: “We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.”
5. Heat: The film that finally sees De Niro and Pacino on camera at the same time, even though they had both already starred in Godfather II. The movie culminates in a scene where the two adversaries reflect on their chosen paths over coffee in a truly memorable film moment.
4. The Devil Wears Prada: Never has an actress spent so much time running across New York collecting endless cups of hot Starbucks as Anne Hathaway for her nightmare of a boss, Runway Magazine’s Editor in Chief.
3. The Big Heat: In one of the most gruesome movie moments ever, the sadistic and cold-blooded Vince Stone throws a pan of boiling coffee over his girlfriend’s face. The audience never see the attack as the camera stays fixed on the stove the pan has been snatched from, however we hear her screams as the coffee splatters across her cheek, permanently disfiguring her.
2. Pulp Fiction: In a rush to clean up the ‘mess’ in their car, Vega (John Travolta) and Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) head to Jimmie’s place. Whilst Winnfield compliments Jimmie on his exceptional coffee, Jimmie dismisses him: “I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen!”
1. When Harry Met Sally: Who could forget the infamous coffee shop scene in which Meg Ryan really shows off her lung capacity. The scene culminates in the immortal line: “ll have what she’s having.”
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