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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
Brooklyn Cigar Store is a neighborhood hangout in Brooklyn with Auggie Wren/H.Keitel as center. Some people are interviewed about Brooklyn, spiced up with statistics on Brooklyn.

Writers:

Paul Auster (situations), Wayne Wang (situations)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Reed ... Man with Strange Glasses
Michael J. Fox ... Pete Maloney
Roseanne Barr ... Dot (as Roseanne)
Mel Gorham ... Violet
Jim Jarmusch ... Bob
Lily Tomlin ... Waffle Eater
Jared Harris ... Jimmy Rose
Giancarlo Esposito ... Tommy Finelli
Malik Yoba ... Watch Man
José Zúñiga ... Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
Victor Argo ... Vinnie
Stephen Gevedon ... Dennis
The John Lurie National Orchestra The John Lurie National Orchestra ... Street Band
Madonna ... Singing Telegram
Sharif Rashed Sharif Rashed ... Purse Snatcher
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Storyline

Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke (1995) presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential humanity. Many of the same characters inhabiting Auggie Wren's Brooklyn Cigar Store in Smoke (1995) return here to expound on their philosophy of smoking, relationships, baseball, New York City, and Belgian Waffles. Most of all, this is a movie about living life, off-the-cuff. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Welcome to the planet Brooklyn. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

After initial filming wrapped, Paul Auster and Wayne Wang realized that the improvisational concept was not working. The directors requested three more days of additional filming, in which all of the scenes were scripted. The scenes with Keith David and Madonna were scripted. See more »

Goofs

Dot bolts the store door to talk with Auggie, then leaves without unlocking it. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: I don't eat shit. It's against my religion.
Pete: What religion is that?
Tommy: The religion of sanity, Peter. You should try it some time.
Pete: I did, but I was excommunicated.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

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Soundtracks

Taka Taka-Ta
Performed by Irakere
Written by Al Verlane (as Al Verlaine)
Published by Egrem
Irakere appears courtesy of Egrem
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User Reviews

NY by new yorkers!
17 April 2000 | by ddaraujoSee all my reviews

New York is not an unanimity! That's for sure! A movie about the city has to follow the same guidelines. You either love or hate it! Whomever comes to meet the city, makes one's own mind about it. "Blue in the face" is sarcastic, funny, rude and spontaneous. Just like the big apple! Sometimes it looks more like a documentary, with people talking loosely about all kinds of issues, from Ebett's Field to cigarettes. But always with the same Brooklinesque way of living, so peculiar and yet so universal. If you like NY, gotta watch the movie! If you don't, I am sorry!


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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,365, 15 October 1995

Gross USA:

$1,268,636

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,268,636
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax, InterAL See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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