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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Kumar Pallana
  • Directors: John Turturro
  • Producers: John Turturro, John Penotti
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video (Icon)
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6ILXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in contemporary America, ROMANCE & CIGARETTES is a modern day musical, a dark and passionate comedy which tells the story of one man's journey into infidelity and redemption. It stars JAMES GANDOLFINI as our hero Nick Murder and revolves around the repercussions of his adultery and doomed fascination with the flame haired seductress Tula (KATE WINSLET). For Kitty (SUSAN SARANDON), Nick's long suffering wife, his treachery is the final straw. With faith in her husband shattered she surprises even herself with the ferocity of her anger as she struggles to cope with his betrayal. It is only through a tragic twist of fate that Nick finally understands the extent of the pain he has inflicted on his family. With time running out he discovers the essential value of Kitty's love and respect.

In ROMANCE & CIGARETTES Turturro has crafted a gritty, exhilarating and intense script. He describes the film as a savage musical. "When the characters can no longer express themselves in words, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes that are lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the reality of their world: to dream, to remember, to connect to another human being" says Turturro. The film combines sharp snappy dialogue worthy of David Mamet at his most brilliant with the visual flare and exquisite originality of the Coen Brothers

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dj Horsfield on 12 July 2006
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I was lucky enough to catch this film on its re-release. Lucky I say as it hardly took the world by storm and screened on one of my five local cinemas for only one week. This by no means did it justice. Perhaps it suffered a crisis of identity, not being as flambouyant and garish as Moulin Rouge, but this was exactly what appealed to me about it. It did appear grimey and rugged but that added to its charm and that atmosphere translated to the characters perfectly. It brought across the rather alternative poetry of the working class suburb and contains many moments that had me in stitches, including one particular scene with Chritopher Walken to rival his best ever work.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Lopez-Valenzuela on 16 July 2006
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I'm great fan of the Coen Brothers and specially Big Lebowsky so the expectations were high. Despite the bad critics, Romance & Cigarettes wasn't a disappointment at all. Quite the opposite, I loved it from the moment that Gandolfini kicks off "Lonely as a man without love". Fantastic direction from Turturro. Can't wait to see it again and keep it next to the other masterpieces from the Coen's.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2007
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This is a very watchable film in the Dennis Potter 'Pennies from Heaven' mould - that is, a pretty down-to-earth plot (blue-collar man cheats on wife, she is angry, he eventually detaches himself from his younger mistress, it all ends sadly) punctuated by dance routines and singalong classics with the actors singing with the tracks. The musical bits are amusing and intriguing, with incongruous choreography (a group of firemen, policemen, local labourers), and the performances are all excellent. I don't know why Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano in another incarnation) is cast as James Gandolfini's (Tony S. ditto) daughter - that just doesn't work. But Gandolfini is good as the fairly bone-headed but bewildered and in the end sympathetic hero, Susan Sarandon is very feisty as his wife and Kate Winslet puts in a bravura turn as the very foul-mouthed, ginger-haired mistress ; Elaine Stritch has a marvellous cameo as the mother from hell. The film ends surprisingly with considerable pathos, but mostly it is brassy and loud and sometimes just a bit hard to follow. After ten minutes I was for ejecting the DVD and watching something else, but it gets to you and is, in the end, worth a look. It is certainly something different.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Langella on 23 April 2006
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I saw this energetic film in the cinema and instantly clicked with it - I just can't wait for the DVD! This boisterous film is filled with all kinds of pastiches and a cracking cast incuding the indominatible Elaine Stritch - still a powerful screen presence. And why hasn't anyone else thought of teaming up Chrstopher Walken with Susan Sarandon and Gandolfini before?! And as for Kate Winslet!! She's definitely survived the banality/schlock of 'Titanic' and is stronger than ever, especially here with her amazing Northern accent - Jimmy McGovern should get her on his next project! The songs are delivered with gusto and imagination with the routine for 'Delilah' being a particular highlight. And let's not forget the brilliantly sleazey Steve Buscemi - need I say any more? If you can deal with blue collar New Yorkers bursting into song and dance and the bawdiness of Chaucer then this is the film for you!Thanks John Tuturro, for everything!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Chambers on 19 July 2009
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It's just a beautiful film. It's the poetry behind, and of, the mundane, the passionate and romantic feelings which flash through the everyday. And it's the most perfect interpretation of Shakespeare for the modern age, I think. I didn't think it was that odd, either, or odder than any other musicals: the music is either kind of integrated into the action of the movie or the song is contrived to curve into its own little music video. But, though it's standard to the form, it doesn't feel superficial, or forced, which is perhaps what most people find annoying in musicals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celie on 25 Oct. 2013
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Not really my kind of film, very unlikely to watch it again, hey ho at least it was fairly cheap!
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Utterly brilliant! A film that takes you unawares with it's originality and energy. Terrific soundtrack and wonderful, hysterically funny, dance sequences. Great cast, all acting their socks off. A tour de force!
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By wendy leston on 11 Jan. 2015
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Great, underated, obscure musical. Highly reccommended.
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