A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writer:

Paul Auster
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Esposito ... 1st OTB Man / Tommy
José Zúñiga ... 2nd OTB Man / Jerry (as Jose Zuniga)
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, 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 movie tries to convince us that reality doesn't matter so much as aesthetic satisfaction. In Auggie Wren's (Harvey Keitel's) New York City smoke shop, day by day passes, seemingly unchanging until he teaches us to notice the little details of life. Paul Benjamin (William Hurt), 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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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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Trivia

"Paul Benjamin" is a reference to writer Paul Auster, whose middle name is Benjamin: Paul Benjamin Auster. 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

Referenced in Runaway: A Twist of Fate (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Supastar
Written by James Felder and James Heath
Performed by Group Home
Courtesy of Payday Records, Inc.
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A solid, smart, entertaining film.
8 May 1999 | by Gogo-10See all my reviews

There are some wonderful performances (most notably, William Hurt's) and some great monologues. Sometimes, however, I was bothered by the dialogue which seemed too stylized and called too much attention to itself.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoke See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,744, 11 June 1995

Gross USA:

$8,367,636

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,367,636
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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