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Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

R | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 2006 (Spain)
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.

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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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anal sex | poem | sex | death | dream | See All (148) »

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A Savage Musical


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Rated R for sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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2006 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Apisties kai tsigara  »

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Opening Weekend:

€21,297 (Netherlands) (2 April 2006)

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$540,085 (USA) (13 January 2008)
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Although the film was shown at the Venice Film Festival and had an official release in the UK in 2006, the movie was not released in the US for years. This was mainly due to the fact that MGM was bought by a consortium headed by Sony in 2005, which led to a legal mess of whom, either MGM or Sony has the rights to the movie. In August 2007 director John Turturro decided to distribute the movie with his own money. 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: Some people fear the Lord. I fear women.
Kitty Kane: What really happened between you and Roe?
Cousin Bo: Roe... was my first love. I traced her name in cow shit. She was my first, my last, my everything.
Kitty Kane: Was it um... true? I mean that, you had...?
Cousin Bo: What?
Kitty Kane: Um... trouble?
Cousin Bo: Only with Roe. With other chicks, I'm Barry White. I go to the meat market.
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References Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) See more »

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Trouble
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Used by permission of Chrysalis Songs and Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. o/b/o/ Gladys Music (ASCAP),
Jerry Leiber Music (ASCAP) and Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of BMG Strategic Marketing Group
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Bold and Beautiful
15 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just saw this wonderful film at the Toronto Film Festival and what a delightful experience it was. It's so refreshing to see a film-maker who is willing to take the huge, bold risks that John Turturo has taken in his direction. Also, what a treat it was to see James Gandofini, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken and Kate Winslet singing and dancing and making outrageous and exciting acting choices. A wonderful selection of music, a charming and literate script and consistently good performance....what else could you ask for in a movie. Watch for Elaine Stritch in a brief role that is should be required viewing for any acting student. Also loved the work of Aida Turturro. This film was a joy to watch!


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