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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
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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$557,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,935,242
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to director John Turturro, Kate Winslet sprained her ankle during filming and therefore couldn't get on top of James Gandolfini for a sex scene without hurting herself. Instead, Turturro had Winselt bounce on a small exercise ball to simulate sex. She also had two prop guys holding her so she wouldn't fall. 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

Cousin Bo: I wanna buzz your butt.
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Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Piece of My Heart
Written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI), Sloopy II Music,
Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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A Misfire (but a well intentioned misfire)
25 November 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

Any of us who got to see John Tuturo's first film, 'Mac' thought, "well, John can certainly act, but now he can direct as well". His next couple of films barely squeaked out of the starting gate. Then he gave us 'Romance & Cigarettes',which although produced in 2005, is only now getting some distribution (out of John's own pocket,after United Artists,the studio that was originally supposed to distribute it underwent a change in staff,and ended up falling in a black hole in space). Despite a killer cast (James Gandolfini from 'The Sopranos',Susan Sarandon,from 'Thelma & Louise','The Rocky Horror Picture Show',and others),this is a mess of a film, that is occasionally a very funny mess,but none the less, a mess. The musical numbers seem to be slotted in where they just don't belong (although I will admit that I'm not exactly a fan of the musical format). Perhaps a re-edit would benefit this film greatly. It's still worth a look for Gandolfini,Sarandon,and company. I'm sure it'll turn up on DVD,sooner or later.


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