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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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Pete Maloney
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Dot (as Roseanne)
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Bob
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Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
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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 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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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Filmed in just five days, using the same set and much of the same cast as Smoke (1995). The premise of the film came to directors Wayne Wang and Paul Auster while watching an improvisation session between Harvey Keitel and others to help them get into character for filming Smoke (1995). They decided that the improvisations were so funny, that they would spend a few days after shooting Smoke (1995), just filming a film that is almost entirely improvised. Auster and Wang claim to have "borrowed" the idea of shooting another movie on the back of an existing one from Roger Corman, who often used to shoot movies very quickly on leftover sets from other productions. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Man with Strange Glasses: Yes, I am smoking cigarettes and some of my friends have died of them, but I am not downing a quart of Scotch in fifteen minutes. Looked at that way, cigarettes are actually a health tool!
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Situations Created in collaboration with THE ACTORS See more »

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Follows Smoke (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Suwannee Joe
Performed by Paula Cole
Written by Paula Cole
Published by Hing Face Music/Ensign Music Corp. (BMI)
Paula Cole appears courtesy of The Imago Recording Company
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A romantic view of Brooklyn, excellent improvisation.
18 November 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Blue in the face might be boring to many because it doesn't follow a standard hollywood paradigm of rising action, climax, resolve. It is more documentary style, although fictitious, and quickly jumps from story to story and character to character. The editing is an interesting component because it successfully brings together disparate themes and characters (who are improvising their lines and stories to some degree). This and some fantastical elements provide a very romanticized view of Brooklyn. Altogether a cohesive piece with some nice performances and some insight into what it is to growup and live in a special loved place.


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