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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke (1995) 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dot (as Roseanne)
Waffle Eater
Watch Man
Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
The John Lurie National Orchestra ...
Street Band
Sharif Rashed ...
Purse Snatcher


Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke (1995) 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 (1995) return here to expound on their philosophy of smoking, relationships, baseball, New York City, 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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Welcome to the planet Brooklyn. See more »



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

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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Boogie  »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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The scene with Keith David as Jackie Robinson was based on a dream that Miramax chairman Harvey Weinstein had. See more »


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


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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Situations Created in collaboration with THE ACTORS See more »


Performed by Antoninho Travadinha
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Antoninho Travadinha appears courtesy of Buda Musique
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What a pity...
21 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film twice. As a cinema lover, I perfectly know what Paul Auster and, most of all, the actors, wanted to show in this movie. It's just a global view of Brooklyn: what's good or funny or bad up there. The story is alright. But that's not what disappointed me when I saw it. What really bugged me was the way some characters were depicted. The female characters,for example, ( Violeta !!) are really dire. They are a summation of all "female" defaults: yelling, crying, spoiled, selfish, and so on. What a pity...Though there are some funny scenes, I must admit (especially the shots featuring Lou Reed). There are also pretty great shots showing John Lurie (one of the best actors ever) playing with his jazz band.

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