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Romance & Cigarettes

Director: John Turturro

Cast: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet


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Actor and filmmaker John Turturro wrote and directed this emotionally resonant blend of music and drama. Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) is an ironworker who has been married for years to Kitty (Susan Sarandon), who works as a seamstress and is the mother of Nick's three daughters. While Nick loves his wife, his head is turned by Tula (Kate Winslet), a sexy salesgirl


Actor and filmmaker John Turturro wrote and directed this emotionally resonant blend of music and drama. Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) is an ironworker who has been married for years to Kitty (Susan Sarandon), who works as a seamstress and is the mother of Nick's three daughters. While Nick loves his wife, his head is turned by Tula (Kate Winslet), a sexy salesgirl at a lingerie shop, and soon they're having a passionate affair. When Kitty finds out about Nick's infidelity, she becomes enraged and kicks him out of the house, forcing him to decide what he really wants out of life and what is most important to him. Along the way, many of the characters in the film periodically turn to their favorite songs to explain and amplify their emotions, lip-synching along with the original recordings. Romance & Cigarettes also stars Steve Buscemi, Mandy Moore, Christopher Walken, Eddie Izzard, and Elaine Stritch.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
John Turturro's loving (and unselfconsciously coarse) musical paean to working-class marital and sexual woes has some fascinating antecedents. The first is The Honeymooners -- James Gandolfini's Nick Murder, a straying, overweight, chain-smoking iron worker, and a schlub of a husband, resembles nothing less than a libidinous version of Ralph Kramden (as he might've been interpreted by Dewey Robinson or Dick Wessel), a parallel only reinforced by the character's immensely funny exchanges of wisdom with his goofy know-it-all co-worker Angelo (Steve Buscemi), who comes off like an Ed Norton of the post-sexual revolution era; while Susan Sarandon's Kitty, Nick's wronged, loving, long-suffering wife, is Alice Kramden brought to life with a vengeance and vulnerability that perfectly balances Nick's seeming disregard for the feelings of those he loves. Turturro's other major source of inspiration would seem to have been Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, that director's too-little-seen tribute to classic Hollywood musicals. Both movies present characters in realistic New York settings (from very different parts of the city) who break into song at strategic moments. As Nick and Kitty, and their daughters, and their friends and neighbors in their working-class Brooklyn neighborhood are not the most articulate of characters, whenever they encounter a feeling they can't express in dialogue, they break into song, supported by some elaborate dance as well. The effect of these sudden transitions, and the switches to the life of the mind of these characters, helps to keep the movie entertaining even when the language, emotions, and subject matter get a little too coarse. In the latter regard, this film is far removed from Allen's work, so that their structures may be similar but their textures couldn't be more different. Where Allen's movie reeked (and sang) of upper-class sophistication (sometimes satirizing it) and elegance, Turturro's picture is bold and loud and sometimes close to over the line in its use of sexual images, while it musical images break whatever tension the rage and sexuality lays across the screen. The music is delightful -- there's a great soundtrack CD to be licensed here, even though everything is either mimed to existing records or lip-synched by people other than the actors; and Turturro's work keeps its sophistication below the surface along with its subtleties, which are there if one cares to look, though that might spoil the fun. Amid the shouting, the singing and the dancing, there are also some delightful grace notes by Elaine Stritch as Nick's mother, and Eddie Izzard as Father Gene Vincent. Mary-Louise Parker, Mandy Moore, and Aida Turturro, give scene-stealing support as the Murder brood. And Christopher Walken turns in one of his more charmingly goofy performances as Kitty's rock & roll-obsessed cousin Bo, his interpretation perhaps owing a tiny bit to the work of Dick Shawn from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Producers -- though Walken brings to the role the usual convincing, unsettling depth that has always made his best work, even in the most superficial of his movies, seem scarily real. The film, for all of its vibrancy and pleasures, has a downbeat aspect that's unavoidable, given its plot and the one of the key flaws in a major character, which makes it difficult to characterize purely as a comedy, though Sarandon brings so much humanity to her character in the key scenes depicting that aspect of the plot that these are some of the warmest and most emotionally accessible spots in the movie (along with Nick's declaration of his love for his wife). Romance & Cigarettes was completed in 2005 but held back from release until its European opening the following year, and only went into U.S. release in September 2007.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with John Turturro and Amedeo Turturro; Film introduction by John Turturro; Deleted scenes with introduction by John Turturro; Making a homemade musical

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Police Officer
Adam Le Fevre Fruitman
Tonya Pinkins Female Medic
David Thonton Urologist
Kumar Pullana Da Da Kumar
June Stein Frances' Mother
Michael McElroy "Ten Commandments" Priest
Joseph Longo Altar Boy
Devon McRimmon Altar Boy
Amedeo Turturro Fryburg Friend
Ryan Webb Fryburg Friend
Jacob Lumet-Cannavale Fryburg Friend
Diego Turturro Boy on Tricycle
Yianni Digaletos The Greek
Katherine Turturro Choir Lady/Singer
Alexandra Beller Female Dancer/Singer
Katherine Borowitz Female Dancer/Singer
Tricia Brouk Female Dancer/Singer
Mary Bond Davis Female Dancer/Singer
LaRita Gaskins Female Dancer/Singer
Karen Graham Female Dancer/Singer
Kelly Robertson Female Dancer/Singer
Daria Hardeman Female Dancer/Singer
Lisa Tachick Hooper Female Dancer/Singer
Wanda L. Houston Female Dancer/Singer
Cady Huffman Roe
Kathleen Johnson Female Dancer/Singer
Rosalynde LeBlanc Female Dancer/Singer
Adele Meyers Female Dancer/Singer
Rosetta Milardi Female Dancer/Singer
Emily Molnar Female Dancer/Singer
Elizabeth H. Parkinson Female Dancer/Singer
Nourhan Sharif Female Dancer/Singer
Valerie Striar Female Dancer/Singer
Rebecca Wender Female Dancer/Singer
Brian Arch Male Dancer/Singer
Felix Blaska Male Dancer/Singer
James Borowitz Male Dancer/Singer
Joao Caravalho Male Dancer/Singer
Alex Escalante Male Dancer/Singer
Clarence Figgures Male Dancer/Singer
Rudy Heron Male Dancer/Singer
Eric Jackson Male Dancer/Singer
John Kelly Male Dancer/Singer
David Scott Klein Male Dancer/Singer
Victorio Korjhan Male Dancer/Singer
Gelan Lambert Male Dancer/Singer
Laurent Lambert Male Dancer/Singer
Raul Merced Male Dancer/Singer
Christopher McGovern Male Dancer/Singer,Fireman
Otto Moreira Male Dancer/Singer
Christopher Morgan Male Dancer/Singer
Vincent Orofino Male Dancer/Singer
Joe Paparone Male Dancer/Singer
John Selya Male Dancer/Singer
Gus Solomons Male Dancer/Singer
John Turturro Male Dancer/Singer
Takehiro Ueyama Male Dancer/Singer
Dared Wright Male Dancer/Singer
Tom Bruno Fireman
Scott Friese Fireman
Neil Jorgensen Fireman
Buddy McKay Fireman
Robert Morgan Fireman
Robert A. Pennacchia Fireman
Dave Ryan Fireman
Salty Fireman
Kendall Washington Fireman
Julia Stiles Actor

Technical Credits
John Turturro Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Tricia Brouk Choreography
Joel Coen Executive Producer
Ethan Coen Executive Producer
Jana Edelbaum Executive Producer
Robin Gold Associate Producer
Nick Hill Executive Producer
Ray Hubley Editor
Laurent Lambert Associate Producer
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Eliza Paley Sound/Sound Designer
Moore and Parker Choreography
John Penotti Producer
Todd Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Chris Robertson Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Rowland Executive Producer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Todd Thaler Casting
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Romance & Cigarettes
1. Chapter 1 [4:47]
2. Chapter 2 [4:14]
3. Chapter 3 [3:03]
4. Chapter 4 [3:49]
5. Chapter 5 [4:16]
6. Chapter 6 [3:22]
7. Chapter 7 [3:27]
8. Chapter 8 [4:52]
9. Chapter 9 [3:28]
10. Chapter 10 [2:51]
11. Chapter 11 [4:54]
12. Chapter 12 [4:37]
13. Chapter 13 [3:11]
14. Chapter 14 [3:55]
15. Chapter 15 [2:16]
16. Chapter 16 [3:06]
17. Chapter 17 [3:45]
18. Chapter 18 [2:41]
19. Chapter 19 [3:35]
20. Chapter 20 [4:40]
21. Chapter 21 [2:55]
22. Chapter 22 [3:51]
23. Chapter 23 [4:33]
24. Chapter 24 [3:05]
25. Chapter 25 [4:12]
26. Chapter 26 [2:29]
27. Chapter 27 [3:58]
28. Chapter 28 [5:56]


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