Romance & Cigarettes

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Romance & Cigarettes
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Turturro
Produced byJohn Penotti
John Turturro
Written byJohn Turturro
StarringJames Gandolfini
Susan Sarandon
Kate Winslet
CinematographyTom Stern
Edited byRay Hubley
GreeneStreet Films United Artists
Distributed byIcon Film Distribution (UK)
Sony Pictures Classics/Boroturro (US)
Release date
  • September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06) (Venice)
  • March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) (UK & IRL)
  • September 7, 2007 (2007-09-07) (US)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,935,242[1]

Romance & Cigarettes is a 2005 American musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Turturro. The film stars an ensemble cast which includes James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, and Amy Sedaris. The film was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.


A musical set in the world of working-class New York, telling the story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.


Production and release[edit]

Produced by upcoming New York production company GreeneStreet Films,[2] with financial backing from United Artists, the Coen brothers and Mel Gibson's company Icon Entertainment International, Romance & Cigarettes premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2005, followed by a showing at the Toronto International Film Festival a week later. It was first released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 24, 2006, quickly followed by a number of other European countries in March and April 2006. In the United States the film got a limited release on September 7, 2007, distributed by director Turturro himself, although it was originally intended that United Artists should handle the US distribution. UA still owns a financial stake in this film, but the main underlying rights are currently with Icon.


Romance & Cigarettes has received mixed reviews; on Rotten Tomatoes, as of October 2011, it has a score of 52%.[3]

On April 27, 2008, the film was screened at the 10th Annual Ebertfest, in Champaign, Illinois. Ebertfest is Roger Ebert's film festival near his hometown of Urbana, Illinois. Aida Turturro and Tricia Brouk were scheduled to attend the event. Ebert gave the film 4 stars out of 4.



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