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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

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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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

Man with Strange Glasses: Yes, I am smoking cigarettes and some of my friends have died of them, but I am not downing a quart of Scotch in fifteen minutes. Looked at that way, cigarettes are actually a health tool!
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Crazy Credits

More scenes play during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Coffee and Cigarettes (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Blimundo
Performed by Antoninho Travadinha
Traditional composition
Antoninho Travadinha appears courtesy of Buda Musique
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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 Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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