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Blue in the Face

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Genre  Comedy
Music director  John Lurie
Country  United States
6.7/10 IMDb

Director  Paul Auster Wayne Wang
Initial DVD release  March 4, 2003
Language  English
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Release date  October 13, 1995
Writer  Paul Auster (situations), Wayne Wang (situations)
Directors  Paul Auster, Wayne Wang, Harvey Wang
Cast  Lou Reed (Man with Strange Glasses), Michael J. Fox (Pete Maloney), Roseanne Barr (Dot), Mel Gorham (Violet), Jim Jarmusch (Bob), Lily Tomlin (Waffle eater)
Similar movies  Thank You for Smoking, Smoke, Cigarette, Coffee and Cigarettes, Thorn Castle, Ostane okus dima na kraju

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Blue in the Face is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. It stars Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, Roseanne Barr, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino, Lou Reed, Mel Gorham, Jim Jarmusch and Malik Yoba.


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Blue in the Face was filmed over a five-day period as a follow-up to Wang's 1995 movie Smoke. During production of Smoke, Keitel and the others ad-libbed scenes in-character between takes and a sequel was made using this improvised material.

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Lily Tomlin was nominated for an American Comedy Award as "Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" for her performance in this picture.

Blue in the Face movie scenes

Blue in the Face features songs by singer Selena. Her bilingual duet with David Byrne, "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)", appears on the film's soundtrack.

Blue in the Face movie scenes

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The film once again centers on the Brooklyn Cigar Store and manager Auggie (Harvey Keitel), although most of the other characters are different. The store owner's frustrated wife Dot (Roseanne) is one of them, and one of the plotlines follows her attempts to seduce Auggie. Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, and Lou Reed (as himself) also put in appearances. Blue In The Face was shot without a complete script and presents a unique combination of distinctive performances, oddball characters, improvisations, and raffish scenes.


  • Harvey Keitel... Augustus "Auggie" Wren
  • Victor Argo... Vinnie
  • Keith David... Jackie Robinson
  • Giancarlo Esposito... Tommy Finelli
  • Michael J. Fox... Pete Maloney
  • Mel Gorham... Violet
  • Jared Harris... Jimmy Rose
  • Jim Jarmusch... Bob
  • Madonna... Singing Telegram Girl
  • Lou Reed... As Himself
  • Roseanne Barr... Dot
  • Mira Sorvino... Young Lady
  • Lily Tomlin... Waffle Eater
  • Malik Yoba... Watch Man
  • Rupaul... Dance Leader
  • Selena... Sound Track
  • Reception

    The movie received mixed reviews.


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