Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Wayne Wang, Paul Auster|
|Produced by||Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Hisami Kuroiwa|
|Written by||Paul Auster|
Harold Perrineau Jr.
|Running time||112 minutes|
|Box office||$38 million|
Smoke is a 1995 American independent film. It was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein and directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster (who also wrote the screenplay). Among others, it features Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Victor Argo, Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Harold Perrineau Jr..
The film follows the lives of multiple characters, all of whom are connected by their patronage of a small Brooklyn tobacco shop managed by Auggie (Harvey Keitel). Brooklyn Cigar Co. was located on the corner of 16th Street and Prospect Park West.
The film was followed by Blue in the Face, a sequel of sorts that continues following a few of the characters and introduces several new ones.
- Giancarlo Esposito as OTB Man #1, Tommy
- José Zúñiga as OTB Man #2, Jerry
- Stephen Gevedon as OTB Man #3, Dennis (as Steve Gevedon)
- Harvey Keitel as Augustus 'Auggie' Wren
- Jared Harris as Jimmy Rose
- William Hurt as Paul Benjamin
- Daniel Auster as Book Thief
- Harold Perrineau as Thomas 'Rashid' Cole (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
- Deirdre O'Connell as Sue the Waitress
- Victor Argo as Vinnie
- Michelle Hurst as Aunt Em
- Forest Whitaker as Cyrus Cole
- Stockard Channing as Ruby McNutt
- Ashley Judd as Felicity
- Malik Yoba as The Creeper
- Mary B. Ward as April Lee
- Silver Bear (Wayne Wang) 45th Berlin International Film Festival, 1995
- Danish Film Critics Bodil Award for Best American Film, 1995
- German Film Award for Best Foreign Film, 1995
- MTV Movie Award for Best Sandwich in a Movie - Ham and Cheese Sandwich
- Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay (Paul Auster), 1995
- Stockard Channing - Best Supporting Actress - Screen Actors Guild
The character Augustus "Auggie" Wren (played by Harvey Keitel) is modelled after the real-life owner of Augie's Jazz Bar, which closed in 1998. When the establishment reopened in 1999, the new owners could not keep the former establishment's name. To honor its legacy, they named the new club after the 1995 film.
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- "Berlinale: 1995 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- "All That Jazz: Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, Harlem". Voyage.tv. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- jazzman (January 13, 2009). "Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge: Great Venue In New York". allyourjazz.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- "NY Times Critic's Pick: Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge". NYTimes.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- Official website
- Smoke at the Internet Movie Database
- Smoke at Box Office Mojo
- Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge