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Smoke (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 1995 (USA)
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A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Directors:

Wayne Wang, Paul Auster (uncredited)

Writer:

Paul Auster
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Esposito ... OTB Man #1, Tommy
José Zúñiga ... OTB Man #2, Jerry
Stephen Gevedon ... OTB Man #3, Dennis (as Steve Gevedon)
Harvey Keitel ... Auggie Wren
Jared Harris ... Jimmy Rose
William Hurt ... Paul Benjamin
Daniel Auster Daniel Auster ... Book Thief
Harold Perrineau ... Rashid Cole (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Sue the Waitress
Victor Argo ... Vinnie
Michelle Hurst ... Aunt Em
Forest Whitaker ... Cyrus Cole
Stockard Channing ... Ruby McNutt
Vincenzo Amelia Vincenzo Amelia ... Irate Customer
Erica Gimpel ... Doreen Cole
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Storyline

The plot of this movie, like smoke itself, drifts and swirls ethereally. Characters and subplots are deftly woven into a tapestry of stories and pictures which only slowly emerges to our view. This film tries to convince us that reality doesn't matter so much as aesthetic satisfaction. In Auggie's New York smoke shop, day by day passes, seemingly unchanging until he teaches us to notice the little details of life. Paul Benjamin, a disheartened and broken writer, has a brush with death that is pivotal and sets up an unlikely series of events that afford him a novel glimpse into the life on the street which he saw, but did not truly perceive, every day. Finally, it's Auggie's turn to spin a tale.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Taglines:

Five strangers. Four secrets. Three schemes. Two best friends. And one neighborhood hangout where the world still makes sense. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Miramax | Official site | See more »

Country:

Germany | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoke See more »

Filming Locations:

Phillipstown, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,349,430
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DuArt)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Harold Perrineau is only two years younger than Forest Whitaker, who played his father. See more »

Goofs

Auggie takes his daily picture from a typical tripod, below shoulder level. Yet the photos in his album are taken from eye-level position or higher. In fact, the alignment of the traffic signal and the building behind it is so consistent from picture to picture, that they were most likely taken from a fixed mount. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
OTB Man #1, Tommy: I'm gonna tell you why they aren't going anywhere.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Why aren't they going anywhere?
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Management.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Aw jeez.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Those guys are walkin' around with the head up their asses.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Right, yeah. Well ya know, they made some good trades too ya know. Carter and Manis. Without them two there never woulda been a World Series.
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Like blowing square smoke rings
5 July 2002 | by britpimpSee all my reviews

This is one of the most awe inspiring movies that i have seen *EVER*. At the time of watching I was getting very bored with the standard fare Hollywood was churning out and bought this movie on a hunch after having seen an interview with 'Wayne Wang' or Paul Auster (can't remember which now!)...it totally hit me and restored my faith in film making, especially in the plain and (deceptively) simple style. The best bits of the film have to be the tale at the end, and the photograph albums. What is it?...'Everyone needs a hobby.' This is an exceptional movie, take a break from your hectic life and let the Smoke waft over you! (I should write tag-lines!! ;-) )


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