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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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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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Turturro began writing an outline of this film while on the set of Barton Fink (1991). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kitty Kane: [reading from a piece of paper] "If God's gift of grace, Or the light on your face, Could make me forget, Your vagina is wet."
Nick Murder: Let me see that.
Kitty Kane: "To Tula, my Tula, my red flower of love."
Nick Murder: What are you, a private dick?
Kitty Kane: How different could it be, huh? It's just a hole.
Nick Murder: You can't incriminate a man over some words.
Kitty Kane: What do you think you're gonna find there? Peanuts?
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References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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Trouble
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Used by permission of Chrysalis Songs and Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. o/b/o/ Gladys Music (ASCAP),
Jerry Leiber Music (ASCAP) and Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of BMG Strategic Marketing Group
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Quite a mess
3 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film about a week ago in Los Angeles with a friend who desperately wanted to catch it, primarily because of the great cast. I'd heard a bit about it previously, mostly negative reviews from the professional critics, but I thought I'd give it a go, primarily for Susan Sarandon. After about the first half-hour, I had a few solid impressions: (1) the sing-alongs mostly didn't work and were sometimes just annoying; (2) the editing went from fair to non-existent, with scenes just vanishing; (3) most of the actors were wasted -- more like cameo appearances than roles (did Elaine Stritch just happen to be in the neighborhood?); (4) the choreography apparently was supposed to be unstylish and clunky, but it often was just distracting. While watching the final credits, I saw the 2005 copyright date and assumed that the studio thought the film too poor for release, and my friend agree--after saying that it was one of the worst movies he'd ever seen.

If you want to see singing and dancing noir, stick with Potter's THE SINGING DETECTIVE or the underrated Martin-Peters flick PENNIES FROM HEAVEN.


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