Romance & Cigarettes
|Romance & Cigarettes|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Turturro|
|Produced by||John Penotti
|Written by||John Turturro|
|Edited by||Ray Hubley|
GreeneStreet Films United Artists
|Distributed by||Icon Film Distribution (UK)
Romance & Cigarettes is a 2005 American musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Turturro. The film stars an ensemble cast which includes James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, and Amy Sedaris. The film was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
- James Gandolfini as Nick Murder
- Susan Sarandon as Kitty Kane Murder
- Kate Winslet as Tula
- Steve Buscemi as Angelo
- Bobby Cannavale as Chetty Jr. / 'Fryburg'
- Mandy Moore as Baby Murder
- Mary-Louise Parker as Constance Murder
- Aida Turturro as Rosebud / 'Rara'
- Christopher Walken as Cousin Bo
- Barbara Sukowa as Gracie
- Elaine Stritch as Grace Murder
- Eddie Izzard as Father Gene Vincent
- Amy Sedaris as Frances
- P.J. Brown as Police Officer
- Adam LeFevre as Frances's boyfriend
- Tonya Pinkins as Medic
- Cady Huffman as Roe
- Kumar Pallana as Da Da Kumar
Production and release
Produced by upcoming New York production company GreeneStreet Films, with financial backing from United Artists, the Coen brothers and Mel Gibson's company Icon Entertainment International, Romance & Cigarettes premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2005, followed by a showing at the Toronto International Film Festival a week later. It was first released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 24, 2006, quickly followed by a number of other European countries in March and April 2006. In the United States the film got a limited release on September 7, 2007, distributed by director Turturro himself, although it was originally intended that United Artists should handle the US distribution. UA still owns a financial stake in this film, but the main underlying rights are currently with Icon.
On April 27, 2008, the film was viewed at the 10th Annual Ebertfest, in Champaign, Illinois. Ebertfest is Roger Ebert's film festival near his hometown of Urbana, Illinois. Aida Turturro and Tricia Brouk were scheduled to attend the event. Ebert gave the film 4 stars out of 4.