| Opening Through December 2007
A Boroturro Release
John Turturro's hit movie musical
The new bookings for the film were sparked
Written and directed by Turturro and executive produced and presented by Joel and Ethan Coen, ROMANCE & CIGARETTES is a star-studded, bawdy, boisterous, exuberant and ultimately poignant New York story set to classic pop songs of our time.
Turturro's A-list, game-for-anything cast includes James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet (like you've never seen her before), Christopher Walken (in his second movie musical this summer, right after HAIRSPRAY), Steve Buscemi, Mary Louise Parker, Mandy Moore, Aida Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Eddie Izzard and Elaine Stritch (as Gandolfini's mother!). The songs are by James Brown, Janis Joplin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, and Bruce Springsteen and they illuminate the working-class characters' hopes, dreams, fantasies and, finally, the way life really is when a large man (Gandolfini) lives in a small house with his wife (Sarandon), two daughters (Parker and Moore) and a niece (Turturro) and ends up having a torrid affair with an oversexed underwear salesgirl (Winslet).
ROMANCE & CIGARETTES runs 115 minutes and is rated "R" by the MPAA for "sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language" (thank you, Kate Winslet).
People who follow these things may note the rating was given to the film before the MPAA's new crackdown on smoking in the movies which, who knows, might have pushed ROMANCE & CIGARETTES into NC-17 territory.