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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential ... See full summary »

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Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential humanity. Many of the same characters inhabiting Auggie Wren's Brooklyn Cigar Store in Smoke return here to expound on their philosophy of smoking, relationships, baseball, New York, and Belgian Waffles. Most of all, this is a movie about living life, off-the-cuff. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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First there was "Smoke." Now there's fire. Auggie and his friends are back with more out-of-this-world tales. See more »

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Rated R for language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

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Brooklyn Boogie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,275,999 (USA)
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After initial filming wrapped, Paul Auster and Wayne Wang realized that the improvisational concept was not working. The directors requested three more days of additional filming in which all of the scenes were scripted. The scenes with Keith David and Madonna were scripted. See more »

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Dot bolts the store door to talk with Auggie, then leaves without unlocking it. See more »

Quotes

Man with Strange Glasses: I'm scared 24 hours a day, but not necessarily in New York.I actually feel pretty comfortable in New York.I get scared like in Sweden.You know, it's kind of empty. They're all drunk.Everything works.If you, you know... If you stop at a stop light and don't turn your engine off... people come over and talk to you about it.You open the medicine cabinet and there'll be a poster saying..."In case of suicide, call..."
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Follows Smoke (1995) See more »

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God's Child
Performed by David Byrne and Selena
Written by David Byrne
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
David Byrne appears courtesy of Luaka Bop/Warner Brothers Records Inc.
Selena appears courtesy of EMI Latin Records
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Okay about LIfe in Brooklyn!
17 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brooklyn, New York has changed over the last 18 years since this film first premiered. The location near Prospect Park is now one of the most desirable locales to live and reside in the borough and even in New York City. Brooklyn's transformation from a working class borough has changed in some parts. Brooklyn has become hip for the trend setters. It also gentrified in areas especially near the Prospect Park, Brooklyn's Central Park. Still, the film reminds me of another time when Brooklyn wasn't so hip or trendy but real. The people of Brooklyn and New York City like Harvey Keitel, Lou Reed, and others recall their likes and dislikes as well. They spend their time smoking at the Brooklyn Cigar Shop where Augie played by Keitel is the manager but not the owner. The cast includes top notch performers like Lily Tomlin, Lou Reed, Roseanne, Mira Sorvino, etc. A lot of the film's script seems improvised but it makes the film more authentic to documenting the life in a day.


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