Blue in the Face

Synopsis: Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential humanity. Many of the same characters inhabiting Auggie Wren's Brooklyn Cigar Store in Smoke return here to expound on their philosophy of smoking, relationships, baseball, New York, and Belgian Waffles. Most of all, this is a movie about living life, off-the-cuff.
Genre: Comedy
Production: Miramax
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

and give it away like that.

- Do you know what is in there?

- Lady...

- Shut up!

- Lady?

- What are you doing? Are you some kind of vigilante?

- If that bag is important to you...

then hang onto it.

- I put my life at risk to catch that kid.

- Thank you, but I have a right...

- to forgive somebody and not be punished for it.

- No. You've got a respon...

- Excuse me, sweetheart. Give me a minute.

- Don't talk to me like that, Auggie.

- You've got a responsibility to teach that kid...

- Don't stick that in my face!

- You have no right.

- Oh, lady.

- Lady! Lady! What is this?

- You've got a responsibility to teach this kid right from wrong.

You just taught him right from wrong?

That was right from wrong?

- You just rewarded him!

- You know what you taught him?

- I rewarded him? Mama!

- You gave it back to him.

- Oh, God! Please!

- Come on, stop it!

- I rewarded him?

- You just gave it back. What a lesson was that?

- It was encouragement. Mine was a lesson of clemency.

- Clemency? Lady!

- I showed him a little bit of kindness.

- This is New York!

I'm scared in my own apartment.

I'm, I'm... You know.

I'm scared 24 hours a day,

but not necessarily in New York.

I actually feel

pretty comfortable in New York.

I get scared

like in Sweden.

You know, it's kind of empty.

They're all drunk.

Everything works.

If you, you know... If you stop at a stop

light and don't turn your engine off...

people come over

and talk to you about it.

You open the medicine cabinet

and there'll be a poster saying...

"In case of suicide, call..."

You turn on the TV,

there's an ear operation.

These things scare me.

New York, no.

There are 2.3 million people

living in Brooklyn.

There are 90 different

ethnic groups...

32,000 businesses...

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Paul Auster

Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947) is an American author and director whose writing blends absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction, and the search for identity and personal meaning in works such as The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), and The Brooklyn Follies (2005). His books have been translated into more than forty languages. more…

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