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Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  2006 (Spain)
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A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

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Down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty, a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula. Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges. Like Oedipus at Colonus, he is sent into exile and searches to find his way back through the damage he has done. Explores the cost and value of a relationship through life and death. When the characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the harsh reality of their world - to dream, to remember, and to connect to another human being. Written by Anonymous

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A Savage Musical


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Rated R for sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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$11,630 (USA) (5 October 2007)

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$540,085 (USA) (11 January 2008)
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James Gandolfini is only a year older than Aida Turturro, who plays his daughter in the film. Also, his other daughter is played by Mary-Louise Parker, who is in fact merely three years younger than him. See more »

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When Roe and the Greek Man are walking past Bo and Kitty in the Diner, the sound of the Greek man smacking Roe's bottom is sharply heard, yet we can clearly see his hand on Roe's waist the entire time. See more »

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Tula: [to Nick Murder] G-strings, push-up bras, teddies, garter belts, crotchless pantyhose. Fuck bloomers. That's what I sell. To rich, tan, bored housewives who take the fat from the ass cheeks and inject it into their lips. You gonna kiss someone's ass then you should know that that's what you're kissing. Personally, I think that kissing's sexier than shagging, but you're sucking on chicken fat there. Not that their husbands mind. You know, they're out buying big homes, buying paintings, going to ...
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Soundtracks

Piece of My Heart
Written by Bert Berns (as Bert Berns) and Jerry Ragovoy
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI), Sloopy II Music,
Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Excellent movie!
16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Toronto film festival, 2005.....

The previous reviewer was absolutely correct - it was a very different type of movie from the usual.

A star-studded vehicle wherein the characters burst into song spontaneously at appropriate intervals - it engages the audience immediately since all of the songs are most recognizable. In essence, you've attended a super movie and participated in the unfolding story as well.

The musical aspects are a "master stroke." There is an underlying drama depicting the difficulties of relationships, family and everyday life and in no way is the story shortchanged by the use of the music.

There are many laughs and alternately serious moments and yet somehow the sum of the parts work to make an enjoyable and satisfying whole.

My understanding is the movie has been caught in merger "limbo" delaying the U.S. release and it's a terrible, terrible shame.

John Turturro is to be commended for his original screenplay and his directorial gifts.

Release this movie to the U.S. Moviegoig Public..........you won't regret it!


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