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Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

R | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 2006 (Spain)
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A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

Director:

John Turturro

Writer:

John Turturro
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Gandolfini ... Nick Murder
Susan Sarandon ... Kitty Kane
Kate Winslet ... Tula
Steve Buscemi ... Angelo
Bobby Cannavale ... Fryburg
Mandy Moore ... Baby
Mary-Louise Parker ... Constance
Aida Turturro ... Rosebud
Christopher Walken ... Cousin Bo
Barbara Sukowa ... Gracie
Elaine Stritch ... Nick's Mother
Eddie Izzard ... Gene Vincent
Amy Sedaris ... Frances
P.J. Brown P.J. Brown ... Police Officer
Adam LeFevre ... Fruitman
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Storyline

Nick and Kitty Murder are married middle-aged working class New Yorkers. Kitty catches Nick in an indiscretion when she finds a love poem, extolling the virtues of one specific body part, Nick wrote to his mistress, Tula. The poem is the last straw for Kitty regarding their marriage. Kitty has the support of their three grown daughters - biological or other - her cousin Bo, her pastor and others at the church. They help her with among other things finding and thus dealing with Tula, who she does not know, and looking back at if she made a mistake in choosing Nick over her first love. On the other side, Nick turns to his co-worker Angelo, and a local police officer/ex-military man for advice, which he also gets unsolicited from his tough talking mother. Nick still has Tula, a frank-talking Northern English sex shop clerk, who truly loves Nick's body parts as he loves hers. A little emotional distance may provide Nick and Kitty the best perspective of what their future holds. Written by Huggo

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A Savage Musical


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Icon Film Distribution [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Apisties kai tsigara See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,630, 5 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$540,085, 13 January 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Turturro was in talks with Adam Sandler to make a cameo in the film but Sandler was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

When Nick first comes into the house toward the beginning of the movie, his daughter's band is playing outside. When he shuts the front door, the music volume does not change. It should become more muffled with the door shut. See more »

Quotes

Rosebud: I heard you with Fryburg. He makes loud noises, and I hear them.
Constance: He makes loud noises?
Rosebud: Yeah, I wanna make them too. I told my psychiatrist.
Constance: What?
Rosebud: Well I had nothin' else to tell him so...
Fryburg: HEY!
Constance: Oh, fuck off, Fryburg.
Fryburg: I'm a fucking star!
Constance: Did he do his Richard Gere for you, jumping all around in his jockstrap?
Fryburg: GEAR!
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Connections

References Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Water Song
Written by Nick Cave and Bruno Pisek
Used by permission of Songs of Windswept Pacific o/b/o Mute Song Ltd. (BMI)
Performed by Ute Lemper
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
Also performed by Kate Winslet (uncredited)
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weird but strangely wonderful
27 March 2006 | by adamk-2See all my reviews

"Romance & Cigarettes" is a flawed but endearing film. Its stylised dialogue -- often stitched together from song lyrics, lines from films and, I think, even a snatch of Beckett's Endgame -- its characters bursting into lip-synched song and dance, its strange, disjointed scenes and its total lack of romance will doubtless annoy a lot of people hoping for something somewhat more straightforward and conventional. Personally, I was hoping for something that might address the issues of love, romance and relationships which the film, instead, prodded gently before dancing and singing around them. I would also have liked to have seen more of Mary Louise Parker, who I thought was cruelly underused. And...Eddie Izzard? And yet...and yet...I really liked this film. It had an inventiveness and a quirky charm, a surreal, loopy approach to narrative and dialogue, was beautifully filmed and -- within limitations of the form -- wonderfully acted. Particular kudos to Kate Winslet, unrecognizably and thoroughly dislikeable, who nonetheless "sings" one of the more heart-stopping numbers, Ute Lemper's version of Cave & Piseks "Little Water Song", while underwater. Meanwhile, adding to his gallery of whacked-out and weird characters, Christopher Walken delivers what must be one of his weirdest performances yet as the Elvis-idolising Cousin Bo. Like a lot of things in this film, you have to see it to believe it, and even then you won't be too sure.

I see cultdom beckoning for this little gem, late-night showings, repeated viewings, singalongs and favourite lines of dialogue bandied about like a secret currency. It's unlikely that it would have been made if it wasn't John Turturro writing and the Coens producing, but now it's out there, I recommend it be seen, if only for curiosity value. You either hate it or love it and -- for all its flaws -- I loved it.


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