Smoke script
Smoke (1995)
Synopsis: Smoke is a 1995 American independent film by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. The original story was written by Paul Auster, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was produced by Hisami Kuroiwa, Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein and directed by Wayne Wang. Among others, it features Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Victor Argo, Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Harold Perrineau Jr..


Forty-four. They're on special this week from

the Canary Islands. A real bargain.


I think I'll take them.

(Takes wallet from his pocket

and counts out $50 which he

hands to AUGGIE)


A good choice. You wouldn't want to celebrate

the birth of your firstborn with a box of

stinkers, would you? Remember to keep them in

the refrigerator until you hand them out.


The refrigerator?


It'll keep them fresh. If they get too dry,

they'll break. And you don't want that to

happen, do you?

(Putting cigar box into a bag,

ringing up sale on the cash register)

Tobacco is a plant, and it needs the same

loving care you'd give an orchid.


Thanks for the tip.


Any time. And congratulations to you and your

wife. Just remember, though, in the immortal

words of Rudyard Kipling: "A woman is just a

woman, but a cigar is a smoke.



What does that mean?


Damned if I know. But it has a nice ring to it,

don't it?

At that moment, we hear the bells on the door jangle again. Cut to the

door. Another customer enters the store: PAUL BENJAMIN. He is in his

early forties, dressed in rumpled casual clothes. As he approaches the

counter, the YOUNG MAN brushes past him and leaves the store. The OTB

MEN and JIMMY look on as PAUL and AUGGIE talk.


Hey, Auggie. How's it going?


Hey, man. Good to see you. What'll it be today?


Two tins of Schimmelpennincks. And throw in a

lighter while you're at it.


(Reaching for cigars and lighter)

The boys and I were just having a philosophical

discussion about women and cigars. Some

interesting connections there, don't you think?





I suppose it all goes back to Queen Elizabeth.

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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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