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Romance & Cigarettes (2007)

James Gandolfini , Susan Sarandon , John Turturro  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale
  • Directors: John Turturro
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010DM3R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Romance & Cigarettes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director John Turturro and Amedeo Turturro
  • "Making a Homemade Musical"
  • Film introduction by John Turturro
  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions by John Turturro

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Some musicals target families, others set their sights on more mature audiences (think Chicago). To judge by appearances, John Turturro's suburban operetta has little in common with Rob Marshall's urban razzle-dazzler, except it also aims for the melodrama-meets-film noir set--and features as much graphic language as Goodfellas. James Gandolfini sets the scene as Queens ironworker Nick Murder (Steve Buscemi plays his best pal). Nick's marriage to Kitty (Susan Sarandon) has hit the skids. His relationships with his daughters (Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, and John's cousin, Aida Turturro) are just as fraught. Then again, all women, including fiery mistress Tula (Kate Winslet), befuddle the lug. As in the works of Dennis Potter, characters express themselves through song--in this case, a combination of singing and lip-synching. And when they burst into a tune, everyone joins in, from sanitation workers to welders. The material ranges from crooner standards ("A Man without Love") to rock classics ("Piece of My Heart"). Like Potter's The Singing Detective, fantasy also commingles with reality (Kitty envisions her first love returning from the dead). Turturro's third directorial effort arrives as a labor of love--a difficult labor. When studio restructuring caused delays, he assumed distribution duties himself. Just as passion is rarely tidy, his Coen Brothers-produced movie can be messy--the tender moments play better than the boisterous ones--but the director's passion for his material shines through. It can also be very funny, especially when Cousin Bo (Christopher Walken) shakes a leg to Tom Jones's "Delilah." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Emmy Award®-winner James Gandolfini (All The King's Men, TV's The Sopranos), Oscar®-winner Susan Sarandon (Shall We Dance, Stepmom), Oscar®-nominated Kate Winslet (Titanic, Finding Neverland), Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Reservoir Dogs), Mandy Moore (Chasing Liberty, The Princess Diaries), Emmy Award®-winner Bobby Cannavale (Snakes on a Plane, The Bone Collector), Golden Globe Award®-winner Mary-Louise Parker (Red Dragon, Fried Green Tomatoes), Aida Turturro (Deep Blue Sea, Sleepers), Emmy Award®-winner Eddie Izzard (My Super-Ex Girlfriend, Ocean's Twelve) and Oscar®-winner Christopher Walken (Click, The Wedding Crashers) lead an all-star cast in this down-and-dirty modern day musical set which tells the story of one man's journey into infidelity and redemption. Nick (Gandolfini) is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He's married to Kitty (Sarandon), a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters and must struggle to cope with her husband's betrayal. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a flame haired seductress named Tula (Winslet). 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 an imaginative, humorous, and touching way, Romance & Cigarettes explores the cost and value of a relationship through life and death. When the characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the harsh reality of their world - to dream, to remember, and to connect to another human being.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any musical you've ever seen... March 4, 2008
Format:DVD
Musicals have become all the rage lately (I feel so weird saying `all the rage') and `Romance & Cigarettes' is yet another in the long line; but there is something different about this `musical', something that makes it stand apart as superior to the rest. John Turturro's `Romance & Cigarettes' is one of the strangest musicals I've ever seen, one that is definitely not for every palate but one that is sure to find it's cult following and devoted fans. It's abrasive, crude and ultimately unforgettable. The tagline for this film's is `A Savage Musical' and while that may sum up the film in part there is really so much heart here that it seems unjust to classify it as `savage'.

`Romance & Cigarettes' follows blue collar worker Nick Murder as he juggles his relationships with the women in his life. His marriage to Kitty is falling apart, mostly due to his relationship with vixen Tula. His daughters Baby, Constance and Rosebud despise him for what he has done to their mother and his girlfriend Tula is challenging him in ways he didn't know he could be challenged. And then there is his mother who will never forgive him for becoming his father. While Nick is sorting out his life Kitty is trying to find herself. She visits the church of which she's all but forsaken. She contemplates handling Tula on her own, for good. She battles her feelings about her husband as well as those about her dead ex-lover.

`Romance & Cigarettes' plays out like a musical meets a black romantic comedy meets a crime noir meets a family drama. The `musical' elements are open song where characters either sing along or lip synch to pop ballads; where musical numbers are performed in the middle of the street complete with choreographed dancing.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, sexy and poignant "musical." March 11, 2008
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Dancing fireman (Gandolfini and Buscemi) trying to extinguish a red hot siren (Winslet) and all to the music of Buena Vista Social Club's "El cuarto de tula." Oh my! This is a very funny, smart, nasty, profane, poignant and perfect movie for laughing out loud. Don't let the naysayers keep you from watching this one, and get your popcorn ready. Loved it!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Love Stinks" February 15, 2008
Format:DVD
It's hard to describe `Romance and Cigarettes' without sounding weird or schmaltzy, but it's a rock solid romantic comedy that's driven by its offbeat dialogue and characters. Produced by the Coen Brothers, but directed and written by veteran actor John Turturro, the film still feels like a Coen Brothers' venture if they made musical comedies, which, partly, they do.

To give you a flavor of the movie, it starts off with Constance Murder (Mary-Louise Parker) walking up to her unfaithful father, Nick (James Gandolfini, 'The Sopranos') who's asleep on the couch in their modest NY suburban home, snoring away like a slow moving saw. Her arms are akimbo and her face sports disapproval, yet she seems to show compassion as the mounting evidence comes in for yet another mistress and another affair, which is written all over her face. She walks up to him and puts her lit cigarette between his toes. She walks out of the room, and after a pregnant pause, we hear him yell out in pain.

His daughters are on mom, (Susan Sarandon) Katie Murder's side, so she's really wronged in a one-sided way. She wears her anguish on her sleeve and in song (as she reconnects with her local Catholic church choir.) One of the best scenes is when they wiggle and grind through a steamy rendition of "Take Another Piece of My Heart". (You know, the one Janis Joplin made so famous). One of her daughters has all the looks she may have lost, is in a rock band, and is steady with her dancer boyfriend (Duck-tail flamboyant Bobby Cannavale) who also co-fronts the band.

On his way to work, Nick sings along with the soundtrack, so his voice absurdly blends in Karaoke style with Engelbert Humperdinck's "A Man Without Love" in a lavishly choreographed neighborhood scene.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cast ever! February 12, 2008
Format:DVD
I saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival,very enjoyable. The entire cast is outstanding. I don't know why this film didn't get better distribution, it is a 4 star film. Kate Winslet's performance is top knotch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goofballs getting at each other August 21, 2009
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Film by John Turturro that is part musical, part comedy with most fantastically assembled cast one can come up with. Set in New Jersey-like area, this is a story of a working class family with three adult daughters at the moemnt that the husband and father or the family (James Gandolfini) is caught cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon). The rage that transpires from his wife, is like a virus that catches on to all his daughters and even his own mother.

However, it is Kate Winslet who steals the show. She is the seductress that prefers emotionally unavailble men and they turn her on for as long as they are not in love with her. Once they do fall in love, the affair is over. Winslet has so much fun in this movie that it is hillarious to listen to her speak with ehr British accent, make love (to Gandolfini's character) and get into a cat fight with no ther woman ut Susan Sarandon! In one scene, she is thrown into a water by Gandolfini's character and she looks like a mermaid with her flaming red hair, beautifully sculpted face and most amazing costume made up of Agent Provocateour underwear.

It is a funny movie with really cool choreography and mix of musical scores. Even the people who are not fans of musicals (myself included) will enjoy this goofball movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Art House Indie
This is a film that needs to be seen 2 or 3 times!
When Turturro & Cohen brothers collaborate with an all star cast you can expect it to be both 'shocking & riveting'. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jackie Lent
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicals! (Semi-Spoiler Alert!)
If you are the kind of person who wishes trashmen would break out into song and dance or a church choir would launch into "Piece of My Heart", you will most likely love Romance and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by R Milhous N.
1.0 out of 5 stars Cohens have lost it, complete waste of time
Character arc? no more for these two! Okay it was a Turturro flick brainstorm, but yuck. Huge talent, almost had a plot. Talent not able to save this rot. Read more
Published 13 days ago by ronaldeminks
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is in my top 5 favorite movies. It's like nothing you have ever seen before.
Great cast, humor, sadness, and everything else in between.
Published 23 days ago by Peaceful_Inhaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Sleeper movie - had never heard of it as had no one I know. I never 'buy' movies but had to own this one. Great cast and music.
Published 1 month ago by KatinaR
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love or In lust
Gandolfini plays a chain smoking blue collar guy who finds himself in lust with a woman other than his wife. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Eugene Pelfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars so good
Christopher Walken singing and dancing. Oh not to mention he's singing Tom Jones. It really doesnt get better than that.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alida Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Cigarettes
Stupid movie. Made me gag. It was hyped as a sexy movie. Nothing was sexy about this trendy, NYC'd, film.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas C. Osborn
3.0 out of 5 stars James gandolfini fan
Chose this movie because of James gandolfini. Before realizing it was a musical, which I don't much care for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan W. White
4.0 out of 5 stars In honor or James Gandolfini
We had to rewatch this. Seeing him in musical numbers was funny and also impressive. Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) has a beautiful, sweet singing voice. Worth it.
Published 2 months ago by J. A. Dudley
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