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Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

R  |   |  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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Nick and Kitty Murder are married middle-aged working class New Yorkers. Kitty catches Nick in an indiscretion when she finds a love poem, extolling the virtues of one specific body part, Nick wrote to his mistress, Tula. The poem is the last straw for Kitty regarding their marriage. Kitty has the support of their three grown daughters - biological or other - her cousin Bo, her pastor and others at the church. They help her with among other things finding and thus dealing with Tula, who she does not know, and looking back at if she made a mistake in choosing Nick over her first love. On the other side, Nick turns to his co-worker Angelo, and a local police officer/ex-military man for advice, which he also gets unsolicited from his tough talking mother. Nick still has Tula, a frank-talking Scottish sex shop clerk, who truly loves Nick's body parts as he loves hers. A little emotional distance may provide Nick and Kitty the best perspective of what their future holds. Written by Huggo

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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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Also Known As:

Apisties kai tsigara  »

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

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$540,085 (USA) (11 January 2008)
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Writer-director John Turturro chose the songs featured in this film before he had secured their rights. While waiting for Gandolfini to be free from shooting The Sopranos (1999), the director went around to secure these rights from their songwriters and singers. See more »

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When Nick first comes into the house toward the beginning of the movie, his daughter's band is playing outside. When he shuts the front door, the music volume does not change. It should become more muffled with the door shut. See more »

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Baby: You're the best kisser in the whole wide world, Fryburg.
Fryburg: I'm gonna make out with your whole family, baby.
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References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Piece of My Heart
Written by Bert Berns (as Bert Bern) and Jerry Ragovoy
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI), Sloopy II Music,
Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Erma Franklin
Courtesy of Epic Records
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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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