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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:

Where there's smoke... there's laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The coke cans throughout the movie have a six flags great adventure admission advertising on them that did not exist on coke cans in 1990 the first came along in 1993. 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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Hong Kong
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Performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A movie that can be watched several times with joy
1 December 2005 | by theaudrey84See all my reviews

After I read the comments for Smoke, I was fascinated by the power of cinema while I realized that most of the people felt the same things as I did when they watched the movie. I watched Smoke several times without getting bored and still I sometimes watch some scenes. The characters are so real and the dialogs are so natural that I feel like I meet my friends or a part of my family when I watch it. I feel like if I went to Brooklyn, I would find that tobacco shop with Auggie sitting at the desk, chatting with others.

The beautiful scenes are also unforgettable… The first scene where Paul tells about the weight of smoke… The scene where Auggie says that the light, season and people are different in the photos that he takes every day… I also love the end, where Auggie tells the Christmas story to Paul and the white-black scene with the song of Tom Waits.

When you watch the movie, you understand that it is just the little things - a chat with your friend, a moment of happiness, a Christmas story told at lunch, a photo- and the feelings in life that matters. That's why maybe we feel so happy and relaxed when we watch the movie: We forget about the daily stress and want to be a part of Auggie Wren's world.


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