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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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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

The movie was delayed for almost two years because of James Gandolfini's commitment to The Sopranos (1999). 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

Nick Murder: Are you circumcised?
Angelo: What?
Nick Murder: Are you circumcised?
Angelo: Circularized?
Nick Murder: No, circumcised.
Angelo: My circulation's fine.
Nick Murder: No, are you circumcised?
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Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Commandments of Love
Written by Marshall Paul
Used by permission of Arc Music Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Harvey Fuqua (as Harvey) & The Moonglows
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Also performed by Michael McElroy (uncredited), Joseph Longo (uncredited) and Devon McRimmon
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Tuturro and the Coen Brothers unite for a bizarre musical
3 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Romance and Cigarettes" is an outrageous musical about the working class. It takes some getting used to, but it's well worth it, thanks to all of the talent in front of the camera and behind the scenes. It's risky, it's off the wall, it's bold, and at times, it's a riot. And you can't beat the soundtrack or the dancing policemen.

James Gandolfini plays Nick Murder (who else), a cheating husband married to Susan Sarandon and involved with the nearly unrecognizable Kate Winslet, a red-headed slut. They have three daughters: Constance (Mary-Louise Parker), Rosebud (Aida Turturro, Gandolfini's sister in the Sopranos; Turturro is one year younger than Gandolfini and Mary-Louise Parker is three years younger), and Baby (Mandy Moore), who have their own romance problems. The cast also includes Steve Buscemi, Bobby Carnavale, Eddie Izzard, and Christopher Walken. The characters all break into song with no notice, and the music includes "Piece of My Heart," "This is a Man's World," "Delilah," "Trouble," and many others.

The film chronicles the choice Nick Murder must make as he grapples with his life.

Very quirky and not for everyone, but some really marvelous performances, great music, and both fun and poignant moments.


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