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Story

It's refreshing to see a film in which the writer receives equal credit with the director, showing that the dialogue actually means something. So it is with Smoke, a film about a New York quilt of contemporary characters who cross paths in a corner smoke shop, told in straightforward way by a talented acting group. Author Paul Auster and director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) worked on the story for years before it reached the screen. Their characters include Paul (William Hurt, in a good role again), a grief-stricken novelist; Auggie (Harvey Keitel), the shop's owner with a secret passion; Ruby (Stockard Channing), Auggie's long-ago girlfriend; and Rashid (Harold Perrineau Jr.), a teenager who is befriended by Paul and seeks his estranged father (Forest Whitaker). All the characters are great storytellers, whether it be out of loneliness, necessity, or just nature. Like Auster's The Music of Chance, the movie has accomplished an amazing feat: it makes us feel as if we are reading a serious novel, not watching a movie. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Feature Commentary With Screenwriter Paul Auster, Producers Peter Newman and Greg Johnson and Actor Harvey Keitel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Andrew McCarthy in the Smoke Shop
  • The Chinese Restaurant
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Original Featurette
  • B Roll Montages
  • Rashid Meets Little Brother
  • Felicity
  • Wayne Directs Forest and Harold
  • Directing Stockard Channing
  • Rashid Confronts Cyrus
  • Auggie Wren's Christmas Story

Cast

Giancarlo EspositoTommy
José ZúñigaJerry
Stephen GevedonDennis
Harvey KeitelAugustus 'Auggie' Wren
Jared HarrisJimmy Rose
William HurtPaul Benjamin
Harold PerrineauThomas 'Rashid' Cole
Victor ArgoVinnie
Forest WhitakerCyrus Cole
Stockard ChanningRuby McNutt
Ashley JuddFelicity
Malik YobaThe Creeper

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Paul Auster
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 112 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 9, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 25, 2005
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