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Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool (2001)

An anti-smoking documentary that explores the effects of smoking cigarettes, why people consider it cool, and how youth today are still at risk.


Terry Moloney


Terry Moloney
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Credited cast:
Jaques D. Barth Jaques D. Barth ... Himself (as Dr. Jaques D. Barth)
Dick Beebe Dick Beebe ... Himself
Bonnie Bruckheimer ... Herself
Darren Capozzi ... Himself
Duane Clark Duane Clark ... Himself
Michael Crichton ... Himself
R.J. Cutler ... Himself
Ted Danson ... Himself
Angie Dickinson ... Herself
Richard Donner ... Himself
René Echevarria ... Himself (as Rene Echevarria)
Peter Eliasberg Peter Eliasberg ... Himself
Tania Gunadi ... Herself
Dave Hackel Dave Hackel ... Himself
Sandy Isaac Sandy Isaac ... Himself


An anti-smoking documentary that explores the effects of smoking cigarettes, why people consider it cool, and how youth today are still at risk.

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April 2001 (USA) See more »


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$145,000 (estimated)
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Ted Danson: Smoking is a great prop. It's a great prop in life.
Sean Penn: Make no mistake; as it relates to a conversation on film, this is strictly a censorship conversation. No question, this film is about censorship.
Chrsity Turlington: There is a strange sort of rebelliosness that is associated with smoking, and the thing is, it's such a false rebelliousness. There's nothing cool about it. It's conformity in the worst way.
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References The Toxic Avenger (1984) See more »

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Agena-pushing, fascist, documentary for the advancement of censorship.
10 September 2007 | by jeklowSee all my reviews

I just got this at the library and I was dreadfully disappointed with it. From the box, it sounded like it was going to analyze smoking in film, but it merely pushed an anti-smoking, and ultimately, pro-censorship position. This is little more than a piece of the same propaganda one would receive in a high school health class. I was pleasantly surprised that Sean Penn, someone I had assumed would be all for the PC-ification of the film industry, was calling the filmmakers on their real motives. I was even further surprised that the filmmakers, who were so obviously for the censorship of film and free speech, would leave his comments in the film. While this, and a few other people interviewed, were allowed to voice their opinion, the good majority of the film was comprised of (literally) anti-smoking commercials, anti-smoking facts, and people who were peripherally involved in the film industry voicing their anti-smoking opinions. This film had very little to do with cinema at all. In fact, none of the scenes they use to show how un-cool smoking supposedly is weren't from actual films but appeared to be stock footage or from commercials.

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