Smoke

Overview

A Brooklyn cigar shop is the setting for this drama from director Wayne Wang that interweaves the stories of several characters that have fractured family relationships in common. Harvey Keitel is Auggie Wren, poetic owner of the Brooklyn Cigar Company, a store that he considers the center of the world -- a place where all of humanity eventually parades through. One of his regular customers is Paul Benjamin William Hurt, a writer and a broken shell of a man whose pregnant wife was shot and killed near the store. ...
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Overview

A Brooklyn cigar shop is the setting for this drama from director Wayne Wang that interweaves the stories of several characters that have fractured family relationships in common. Harvey Keitel is Auggie Wren, poetic owner of the Brooklyn Cigar Company, a store that he considers the center of the world -- a place where all of humanity eventually parades through. One of his regular customers is Paul Benjamin William Hurt, a writer and a broken shell of a man whose pregnant wife was shot and killed near the store. When Paul's life is saved one day by a young black man named Rashid Harold Perrineau, Jr., the writer and his rescuer strike up a friendship and begin searching for Rashid's long-lost father Forest Whitaker. At the store, Auggie is surprised by the appearance of Ruby Stockard Channing, an ex-girlfriend who informs him that her pregnant, drug-addicted daughter Felicity Ashley Judd may also be his -- and is in dire need of help. Screenwriter Paul Auster based the script for Smoke on a 1990 short story he wrote for "The New York Times." He also wrote and directed the film's sequel of sorts, Blue in the Face 1995.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A refreshingly appointed slice-of-life ode to Brooklyn, New York, Wayne Wang's low-key drama is quietly enchanting in its refusal to trump up its subject matter, which includes drugs, adoption and misanthropic writers. Everything is presented in a matter-of-fact manner, stemming, it seems, from writer-novelist Paul Auster's credible and detailed screenplay, which doesn't offer tidy solutions for its characters' conflicts. William Hurt and Harvey Keitel marvelously inhabit the film's almost-mystical portrayal of its beloved borough. Keitel's lengthy and stunningly delivered monologue near the close of the film almost singularly makes the whole picture something special. Much of the cast and filmmakers reunited for a largely improvised (and less successful) "sequel," entitled Blue in the Face, which adopted a looser, less-structured attitude, but retains many of the same characters and locations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1997
  • UPC: 786936631531
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Paul Benjamin
Harvey Keitel Auggie Wren
Forest Whitaker Cyrus Cole
Harold Perrineau Jr. Thomas (Rashid) Cole
Victor Argo Vinnie
Erica Gimpel Doreen Cole
Giancarlo Esposito Tommy
José Zuñiga Jerry
Jared Harris Jimmy Rose
Deirdre O'Connell Waitress
Michelle Hurst Aunt Em
Stockard Channing Ruby
Ashley Judd Felicity
Mary Ward April Lee
Mel Gorham Violetta
Baxter Harris First coroner
Paul Geier Second coroner
Malik Yoba The Skunk
Murray Moston Waiter
Clarice Taylor Grandma Ethel
Peggy Gormley Sue
Robert Jackson A Brooklyn resident
John Lurie A musician
Billy Martin A musician
RuPaul A dancer
Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director
Paul Auster Screenwriter
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Maysie Hoy Editor
Satoru Iseki Executive Producer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Greg Johnson Producer
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Hisami Kuroiwa Producer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Jeff McDonald Art Director
Peter Newman Producer
Diana Phillips Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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