Genre:Comedy, Drama
Rating:7.3  Rate
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Community: 4 Have Seen

DirectorPaul Auster
 Wayne Wang
Selected CastHarvey Keitel as Auggie Wren
 William Hurt as Paul Benjamin
 Stockard Channing as Ruby McNutt
 Giancarlo Esposito as Tommy
 Jared Harris as Jimmy Rose
 Forest Whitaker as Cyrus Cole
 Ashley Judd as Felicity


Germany / Japan / USA co-production

On DVD & Blu-ray World


Smoke - Miramax - USA (1996)

Smoke - MVC Multi Video Center - Bulgaria (1996)

Smoke - RCV - Netherlands (2002)

Comments and Reviews
Magic Marmalade
8th Nov 2021
 Rated 9/10
Finally got around to seeing this again the other day... after about twenty years!

With the residual impression of the "action" in the tobacconists, I'd forgotten how much more there was to it; A character piece which only centres around the New York tobacconist owned by Harvey Keitel's Auggie...

More prominently, there's William Hurt as a writer who has lost his wife in an accident, and is essentially floating around, and living by habit alone, and in an existential funk, until he almost gets killed stepping into the road while a little zoned out in a daydream, and is saved by a young (apparently homeless) guy, who he offers to take in for a couple of nights by way of thanks.

And then Auggie's ex girlfriend turns up out of the blue after many years seeking a favour, and with big news that's sure to rock his quiet little world.

The many character's stories intertwine and have significance and repercussions for each other (as they usually do in this kind of New York story kind of movie).

But overall it's an engaging and quirky little film, with lots of warmth, and makes a nice break from the usual CGI extravaganza as modern cinema exclusively provides these days.

Not sure if one or two of the character dynamics have aged particularly well, in light of modern mores, but if you can get over that, it really is a great little movie, that might make a good, off the beaten track - Thanksgiving movie for our American friends (if they are tired of the usual staples for this time of year).

(There's also a funny little dialogue free video story at the end which illustrates Auggie's Christmas story as he tells it to Benjamin - and all set to a great Tom Waits tune).

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Magic Marmalade
14th Nov 2020
 Little lost gem from the nineties I'd like to see again.... just basically chatting in a tobacconist's, people coming in and out of the store... life.

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