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.
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.
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 features songs by singer Selena. Her bilingual duet with David Byrne, "God's Child (Baila Conmigo)", appears on the film's soundtrack.
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
The movie received mixed reviews.