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Blue in the Face (1995)

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Dot (as Roseanne)
Mel Gorham ...
Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Boogie  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$1,275,999 (USA)

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Every scene was filmed in ten-minute uninterrupted takes. The directors would hold up signs reading "Keep it up" or "Boring" for the actors instead of stopping the filming. See more »


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


Man with Strange Glasses: I don't know anyone in New York who doesn't say 'I'm leaving'. I've been thinking of leaving New York for... uh... thirty-five years now.
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Haym Afen Range
Performed by Don Byron
Traditional composition arranged by Mickey Katz
Published by Haimish Music (BMI)
Don Byron appears courtesy of Warner Brothers Records Inc.
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great flick for pop culture lovers - five stars, three thumbs up
4 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a light and fun - although intelligent - movie, worth seeing, if not for the whole marvellous opus of pop culture, for his cast alone: Harvey Keitel, Roseanne, Victor Argo and precious appearances of Lou Reed, Jim Jarmusch (as Bob, in my favorite sequence of the movie), John Lurie and Madonna, to name a few. Soundtrack by David Byrne only adds to the mix.

´Blue in the Face´ cynically, cleverly and ironically chronicles the life and the history of Brooklyn, NY. Watch it, it´s independent cinema at its best.

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