• Smoke (1995)


Release Date: June 9th, 1995

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2003

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Writer Paul Benjamin (William Hurt) is nearly hit by a bus when he leaves Auggie Wren's (Harvey Keitel) smoke shop. Stranger Rashid Cole (Harold Perrineau Jr.) saves his life, and soon middle-aged Paul tells homeless Rashid that he wouldn't mind a short-term housemate. Still grieving over his wife's murder, Paul is moved by both Rashid's quest to reconnect with his father (Forest Whitaker) and Auggie's discovery that a woman who might be his daughter is about to give birth.

Cast: William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Harold Perrineau, Forest Whitaker, Victor Argo, Erica Gimpel, Clarice Taylor, Malik Yoba

Director: Wayne Wang , John Landis

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Father, Sacrifice, Love, Quest, Creative, 1990s, Amusing, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A beguiling film about words, secrets and tobacco. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)