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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Man with Strange Glasses
... Pete Maloney
... Dot (as Roseanne)
... Violet
... Bob
... Waffle Eater
... Jimmy Rose
... Tommy Finelli
... Watch Man
... Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
... Vinnie
... Dennis
The John Lurie National Orchestra ... Street Band
... Singing Telegram
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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First there was "Smoke." Now there's fire. Auggie and his friends are back with more out-of-this-world tales. See more »

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

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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Boogie  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,275,999
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Trivia

The scene with Giancarlo Esposito, Stephen Gevedon, José Zúñiga, and Malik Yoba took all day to film. The extremely hot temperature, combined with the lack of a script, made it difficult for the actors and actresses to improvise a good scene. After many takes, Harvey Keitel secretly told Peggy Gormley to slap Gevedon in the scene to garner an energetic reaction. That take is used in the film. But the long day took a toll on Director Wayne Wang, who was suffering from bronchitis, so Paul Auster stepped in as director for the next two days. 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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Situations Created in collaboration with THE ACTORS See more »

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References Coffee and Cigarettes (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Egg Cream
Performed by Lou Reed
Written by Lou Reed
used by permission of Lou Reed Music (administered by EMI Blackwood Inc.) (BMI)
Lou Reed appears courtesy of Warner Brothers Records Inc.
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A romantic view of Brooklyn, excellent improvisation.
18 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Blue in the face might be boring to many because it doesn't follow a standard hollywood paradigm of rising action, climax, resolve. It is more documentary style, although fictitious, and quickly jumps from story to story and character to character. The editing is an interesting component because it successfully brings together disparate themes and characters (who are improvising their lines and stories to some degree). This and some fantastical elements provide a very romanticized view of Brooklyn. Altogether a cohesive piece with some nice performances and some insight into what it is to growup and live in a special loved place.


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