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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:

Paul Auster, Wayne Wang

Writer:

Paul Auster
11 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

The most precious things are lighter than the air 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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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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Connections

References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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Downtown Train
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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A nice, quiet film, light years away from the (Hollywood) mainstream
24 December 2005 | by zozon-1See all my reviews

The characters are genuine, funny, sensitive, tragic... just human. They are sympathetic with their small weaknesses and their daily problems. The movie gives a realistic description of the daily life of ordinary people in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn has the star role. In fact the movie seems like a declaration of love to this city, although when compared to Woody Allen's "Manhattan", the approach is completely different.

The message is in a way surprising (maybe because of my European bias): Even in this money driven, rough, fast living, time-is-money, urban and individualistic environment there is a lot of love, friendship and humanity. Humanity means also that we do things which eventually do not make very much sense, are not logical and which may be very emotional. Smoking belongs to such activities. It is an activity which needs a work break. It gives us an opportunity for a stop and for starting rethinking issues. Therefore the small cigar shop, which appears like an island within a stormy ocean, like the antipode to the bustle environment.

Sometimes some of the hurry enters the shop, but the clocks seem to tick differently there and at the end everything calms down. I like this movie.


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