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Smoke (1995)

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A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
OTB Man #2, Jerry
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Daniel Auster ...
Rashid Cole (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Sue the Waitress
Aunt Em
Ruby McNutt
Vincenzo Amelia ...
Irate Customer
Doreen Cole


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Five strangers. Four secrets. Three schemes. Two best friends. And one neighborhood hangout where the world still makes sense. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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9 June 1995 (USA)  »

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Smoke  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$8,349,430 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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A movie that can be watched several times with joy
1 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

After I read the comments for Smoke, I was fascinated by the power of cinema while I realized that most of the people felt the same things as I did when they watched the movie. I watched Smoke several times without getting bored and still I sometimes watch some scenes. The characters are so real and the dialogs are so natural that I feel like I meet my friends or a part of my family when I watch it. I feel like if I went to Brooklyn, I would find that tobacco shop with Auggie sitting at the desk, chatting with others.

The beautiful scenes are also unforgettable… The first scene where Paul tells about the weight of smoke… The scene where Auggie says that the light, season and people are different in the photos that he takes every day… I also love the end, where Auggie tells the Christmas story to Paul and the white-black scene with the song of Tom Waits.

When you watch the movie, you understand that it is just the little things - a chat with your friend, a moment of happiness, a Christmas story told at lunch, a photo- and the feelings in life that matters. That's why maybe we feel so happy and relaxed when we watch the movie: We forget about the daily stress and want to be a part of Auggie Wren's world.

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