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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poem | death | dream | church | redemption | See All (149) »


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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Release Date:

2006 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Apisties kai tsigara  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$540,085 (USA) (11 January 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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During her last week of filming, Kate Winslet twisted her ankle while doing a dance sequence at a hotel suite with James Gandolfini. See more »


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 »


Cousin Bo: Some people fear the Lord. I fear women.
Kitty Kane: What really happened between you and Roe?
Cousin Bo: Roe... was my first love. I traced her name in cow shit. She was my first, my last, my everything.
Kitty Kane: Was it um... true? I mean that, you had...?
Cousin Bo: What?
Kitty Kane: Um... trouble?
Cousin Bo: Only with Roe. With other chicks, I'm Barry White. I go to the meat market.
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References Kojak (1973) See more »


When the Savior Reached Down for Me
Arrangement by Paul Chihara
Performed by The R&C Choir
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21st century cinema at it's best. Entertaining and original.
9 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film truly worthy of the Coen brothers. If you like their films, you'll love this one. It was not surprising to see that they were the producers. John Turturro's original script and direction make this a very fresh and enjoyable experience. The actors must have enjoyed making the film as this comes across very strongly.

The choice of backdrop - New York suburbs and anonymous looking workers' housing - only serves only to emphasise the colourfulness of each of the characters. Like Robert Altman's films, the banal is turned into the extraordinary using popular music and quite original camera work. Personally, I don't see this film as a "musical" in the sense that the music is not used to tell the story but rather as mood pieces for various scenes.

This is one of the few films that I will invest in the DVD as soon as it is out.

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