Miller’s Crossing

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

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still from Millers Crossing

TOBACCO INCIDENTS 278
AVG PER MINUTE 2.53
EDITION 20th Century Fox DVD released May 20, 2003
MOVIE SUMMARY A gangster falls for his boss’s girlfriend and plays everyone against each other.
TOBACCO IN SHORT The three primary actors all smoke: Gabriel Byrne & Marcia Gay Harden smoke cigarettes while Albert Finney smokes cigars.
POSSIBLE SMOKESCREENS (?) Lots of gun violence, the machine gun dance.

TOBACCO INCIDENTS: 278

AVG PER MINUTE: 2.53

First visual frame at 0:22
Last visual frame at 110:51
Total visual running time: 110:29

# TIME ANGLE DESCRIPTION
1-2 0:33 Zoom A cigar and a small green ashtray are seen on a desk before falling out of frame.
3-4 2:30 ES The same cigar is seen again much closer & another ashtray with a handle can be seen. Albert Finney sits behind the desk.
5-6 2:35 ES Repeat of same.
7-8 2:45 ES Repeat of same.
9-10 3:30 ES Repeat of same.
11-12 4:15 ES Repeat of same.
13 4:37 HA Only the cigar can be seen on Albert Finney’s desk this time.
14-15 5:06 ES Repeat of earlier wider shot with both cigar & ashtray.
16-17 5:12 ES Repeat of same.
18-19 5:30 ES Repeat of same.
20-21 6:12   Part of the cigar and the small green ashtray can be seen only momentarily.
22 10:41 Zoom out Zoom out from the hat shows Gabriel Byrne in the mirror smoking a cigarette.
23 10:45 Zoom in Zoom into Gabriel Byrne’s face smoking a cigarette (this time without the mirror).
24 15:53 MD Gabriel Byrne pulls a cigarette from his robe pocket.
25 16:02   Gabriel Byrne sticks the unfiltered cigarette into his mouth and lights it 18 seconds later.
26 16:53 MD From a different angle, Gabriel Byrne continues to smoke the cigarette.
27 17:55 MD An ashtray containing a crumpled pack of cigarettes. An old Hunt’s brand ketchup bottle is visible.
28 18:11 2S/HH/SC Steve Buscemi walks and talks to Gabriel Byrne with a drink in one hand and cigarette in the other.
29-32 18:21 MD Steve Buscemi gestures with his cigarette; in the background a lady walks by with a cigarette, a cigarette vendor girl is seen, & a fatcat smokes.
33 18:29 OTS Real subtle smoke rises between/beside the two men talking.
35-37 18:33   Repeat of earlier: Steve Buscemi gestures, two vendor girls are seen, and the fatcat smokes a cigar.
38-40 18:44   Repeat of previous: Steve Buscemi still has a lit cigarette, two vendor girls are seen, and background fatcat is still smoking.
41 18:47 OTS Steve Buscemi takes a drag of his cigarette.
42-43 18:50 MD Repeat of earlier but tighter on Mink now as he smokes, one vendor girl is seen.
44 18:53 OTS Repeat of earlier subtle smoke rises between the two men talking.
45-47 18:58 MD Repeat of earlier closer shot of Mink gesturing. Also fatcat and vendor girl seen for a split second.
48 21:00   The small green ashtray is visible as Albert Finney gets up from his desk.
49 21:21   Repeat of same.
50-53 21:40 MD At least two background cigar smokers and at least two vendor girls walking around.
54-55 22:11 Steadicam In the powder room, two woman walk by carrying their cigarettes by the holders and pointed straight upward.
56-57 22:17 OTS In the mirror, at least two woman can be seen carrying cigarettes with holders as they walk by.
58-59 22:54 OTS Marcia Gay Harden is about to smoke an unfiltered cigarette in the mirror (bonus incident, way to go!)
60-61 23:01 OTS Repeat of same.
62-63 23:07 OTS Repeat of same however now the cigarette has been lit.
64 23:17 OTS Smoke rises from below the frame in between Marcia Gay Harden and her mirrored self.
65 23:41 MD Marcia Gay Harden’s cigarette can be seen for a split second.
66 23:46 MD Smoke rises from below the frame in front of Marcia Gay Harden.
67 24:23 OTS A silver ashtray can be seen on the vanity counter.
68 24:31 Steadicam A gold standing ashtray can be seen between two chairs.
69-70 24:34 Dolly out Two silver ashtrays can be seen on two separate vanity counters.
71 24:40 Dolly in A nice decorative ashtray with a wooden stand in Gabriel Byrne’s apartment.
72 25:40   Same ashtray seen from a different angle as before, Bernie (played by John Torturro) sits in a chair next to it.
73 25:54   Repeat of same.
74 26:28   Repeat of same.
75 26:34   Repeat of same.
76 26:51   Repeat of same.
77 27:04   Repeat of same.
78 27:13   Repeat of same.
79 27:22   Repeat of same.
80 27:33   Repeat of same.
81 27:39 OTS We see Gabriel Byrne walking away as a puff of smoke rolls over his shoulder.
82 27:43 Dolly Now Gabriel Byrne is walking toward the camera and smoking a cigarette.
83 29:30 ES What appears to be an upside down gold ashtray with a pack of smokes on top.
84 29:37 ES Repeat of same.
85 29:45 ES Repeat of same.
86 30:06 ES Repeat of same.
87 30:42 ES Repeat of same.
88 30:45 ES Man siting on couch lights a cigarette.
89 30:48   Repeat of earlier gold ashtray & pack of smokes.
90 30:55   Repeat of same.
91 31:00   Repeat of man on couch smoking hands free.
92 31:07   Repeat of earlier gold ashtray & pack of smokes.
93 31:14   The guy on the couch can be seen smoking over Gabriel Byrne’s shoulder.
94 31:20   Repeat of earlier gold ashtray & pack of smokes.
95 31:22   Couch man gets up and leaves with his cigarette.
96 31:24   Repeat of earlier gold ashtray & pack of smokes.
97 34:17 OTS Gabriel Byrne suddenly has a cigarette in his mouth while talking to the police chief.
98 34:25 OTS Repeat of Gabriel Byrne with a cigarette in his mouth.
99 34:35 OTS Repeat of same however this time Gabriel Byrne takes the police chief’s match and ignites it on his badge before lighting his own cigarette.
100 34:43 OTS Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking his cigarette.
101 35:02   Gabriel Byrne’s cigarette is seen again but for only a split second.
102-103 35:35 FS Marcia Gay Harden taps a cigarette on her hand and an ashtray is visible.
104-105 35:42 FS Marcia Gay Harden is now smoking the cigarette and ashtray still visible.
106 35:52 MD Marcia Gay Harden exhales a puff of smoke.
107 35:58 MD Marcia Gay Harden takes a drag of her cigarette.
108 36:12 MD Marcia Gay Harden stands with the cigarette in her hand.
109 36:14 FS Marcia Gay Harden seen from another angle with her cigarette.
110 36:20 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
111 36:25 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
112 36:33 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
113 36:39 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
114 36:46 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
115 37:00 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
116 37:05 MD Repeat of Marcia Gay Harden standing with her cigarette.
117 38:30 ES On an end table, a pack of cigarettes, an ashtray, a lighter, and a pistol can be seen.
118 38:48   A man who was just murdered holds his lit cigarette onto a newspaper which ignites.
119-120 39:13 ES Albert Finney lays back in bed smoking a cigar hands free, an ashtray is on the nightstand.
121 39:23 MD Tighter shot on Albert Finney in bed happily smoking his cigar.
122 39:45 CU A closeup of the ashtray, revolver, and stopwatch on Albert Finney’s nightstand.
123 39:54 MD Albert Finney gets out of bed with the lit cigar in his mouth.
124-125 39:59 MD Albert Finney places his cigar into the ashtray on the nightstand.
126 40:01 CU Closeup of Albert Finney’s hand putting out the cigar in the ashtray then he puts it his robe pocket.
127 41:53 LA Albert Finney pulls the cigar out of his robe pocket and puts it into his mouth as his tommy gun is still smoking.
128-133 42:03 Dolly A man walking with Gabriel Byrne smokes hands free, at least five other men on the sides are smoking cigarettes.
134 42:27 ES Albert Finney smokes a cigar behind his desk while talking to Gabriel Byrne.
135-136 42:44 MD Tighter shot of Albert Finney at his desk with a cigar, the green & gold ashtray is also seen.
137-138 42:52 MD Repeat of same.
139-140 43:00 MD Repeat of same.
141 43:06 CU Closeup shot of Albert Finney gesturing with his cigar, he places it in the implied ashtray out of frame.
142 44:50   Another shot of Albert Finney behind his desk with a cigar inside a small ashtray.
143 44:55   Repeat of Albert Finney behind his desk with a cigar inside a small ashtray.
144-147 47:07 Dolly Back in the long hallway, at least three men smoke and one has a cigarette tucked over his ear.
148 47:21   Other end of the hallway, at least one guy is smoking behind Gabriel Byrne.
149 47:24 HH Repeat of same reversal shows another background smoker as Albert Finney punches Gabriel Byrne in the face.
150 47:26   Repeat of earlier shot with Gabriel Byrne; as he falls back a smoker is seen to his side.
151 48:00 Steadicam A man in the background behind Albert Finney has a cigarette in his black gloved hand.
152 48:05   The woman in the purple dress at right behind Gabriel Byrne has a cigarette with a holder.
153-154 48:07   A woman to the right and a man to the left of Albert Finney are each smoking cigarettes.
155 48:24   A man on the left behind Albert Finney is smoking a cigarette.
156 48:36   Smoke rises near Albert Finney (implied from man smoking in earlier shot).
157-159 48:48   Smoke billows around Gabriel Byrne seated in a chair and a pack of cigarettes & ashtray can be seen on the table (and what appears to be the giant old lighters).
160 50:38 Dolly in Gabriel Byrne sits on the edge of his bed smoking a cigarette.
161 51:08 ES Now a different angle of Gabriel Byrne smoking with Marcia Gay Harden laying in bed behind him.
162 52:16 ES Marcia Gay Harden sits down and grabs a cigarette while talking to Gabriel Byrne.
163 52:27 CU Closeup shot of Verna as she brings her unlit cigarette to center screen and basically holds it there the rest of the scene.
164 52:32 CU Marcia Gay Harden now lights her cigarette whilst still talking to Gabriel Byrne.
165 52:48 CU Marcia Gay Harden smoking a cigarette whilst talking to Gabriel Byrne.
166 52:54 CU Marcia Gay Harden smoking a cigarette whilst talking to Gabriel Byrne.
167 53:03 CU Marcia Gay Harden smoking a cigarette whilst talking to Gabriel Byrne.
168 53:13 CU Marcia Gay Harden smoking a cigarette whilst talking to Gabriel Byrne.
169 53:23 CU Marcia Gay Harden smoking a cigarette whilst talking to Gabriel Byrne.
170 53:57 ES Couch man from earlier sits smoking a cigarette on a different couch and essentially in the same exact position behind Gabriel Byrne as before.
171 54:24 ES Repeat of same.
172 54:38 ES Repeat of same however this shot you only see the smoke rising behind Gabriel Byrne.
173 54:50 MD Closer view of couch man taking a drag from his cigarette.
174 54:56 ES Repeat of earlier smoke rising from behind Gabriel Byrne’s back.
175 55:13 ES Repeat of earlier couch man takes another drag from his cigarette.
176 55:34 ES Repeat of earlier smoke rising from behind Gabriel Byrne’s back.
177 55:42 ES Repeat of same.
178 55:55 ES Repeat of same.
179 56:11 ES Repeat of same.
180 56:20 MD Repeat of earlier couch man closeup smoking a cigarette.
181 56:25 MD Repeat of same.
182 56:37 ES Repeat of earlier smoke rising from behind Gabriel Byrne’s back.
183 62:58 CU A man smokes a cigarette hands free whilst pointing a gun at Gabriel Byrne.
184 63:04 MD Same man continues to smoke.
185 63:25 MD Repeat of same.
186 63:34 MD Repeat of same.
187 64:03 ES A black ashtray is visible on the desk for a split second.
188 64:04 MD Gabriel Byrne smokes a cigarette in the dialog reversal shots.
189 64:08   Repeat of black ashtray. (The tool on desk is also for cigars?!)
190 64:16   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
191 64:21   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
192 64:30   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
193 64:34   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
194 64:49   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
195 65:00   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
196 65:10   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
197 65:22   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
198 65:26   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
199 65:29   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
200 65:40   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
201 65:54   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
202 66:05   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
203 66:22   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
204 66:27 MD Gabriel Byrne put his cigarette down but is still surrounded by smoke.
205 66:37 MD Cigarette smoke rising around Gabriel Byrne from just below the frame.
206 66:44   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
207 66:49   Repeat of smoke rising around Gabriel Byrne.
208 66:54   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
209 67:07   Repeat of smoke rising around Gabriel Byrne.
210 67:09   Repeat of black ashtray on desk.
211 67:13   Repeat of smoke rising around Gabriel Byrne.
212 70:36 Dolly Gabriel Byrne lays in bed smoking a cigarette.
213 71:15   Gabriel Byrne walks over to the doorway with the cigarette in his mouth.
214 71:18 MD A closer view of Gabriel Byrne from the front smoking hands free.
215 71:25 MD Repeat of Gabriel Byrne smoking a cigarette.
216 71:31 ES Bernie turns on the light and a pack of cigarettes are visible on the table.
217 71:33   Gabriel Byrne walks into the room with his lit cigarette.
218 71:37   Repeat of Bernie with cigarette pack on the table.
219-220 71:41 MD Gabriel Byrne sits in a chair and ashes his cigarette in the big fancy ashtray with wooden stand.
221 71:48   Repeat of Bernie with cigarette pack on the table.
222-223 71:51   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
224 71:56   Repeat of Bernie with cigarette pack on the table.
225-226 72:10   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
227 72:13   Repeat of Bernie with cigarette pack on the table.
228-229 72:27   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
230 72:30   Repeat of Bernie with cigarette pack on the table.
231-232 72:35   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
233-234 72:51   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
235-236 72:56   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
237-238 73:17   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
239-240 73:42   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
241-242 73:46   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
243-244 74:03   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
245 74:06   Repeat of Bernie shot with cigarette pack on the table.
246-247 74:20   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
248-249 74:25   Repeat of Gabriel Byrne in the chair smoking next to fancy ashtray.
250-252 75:15 ES Back at the club, at least three smokers and one vendor girl can be seen in the background behind Gabriel Byrne.
* 75:19 Dolly On the bar is what appears to be a silver ashtray.
253 75:26   One cigarette vendor girl can be seen in the background.
254 75:37   A man deep in the background behind Gabriel Byrne lights a cigarette.
255-256 75:45   Background man continues to smoke, another smoker walks by behind Gabriel Byrne.
257 78:54 ES/Dolly The man walking on the right is smoking a cigarette.
258 79:18 MD The same man from the previous shot exhales a big puff of smoke.
259 79:31 MD Repeat of same.
260 80:04 OTS Repeat of same.
261 90:10 CU A decorative metal ashtray full of cigarette butts appears next to a ringing phone.
262 90:58 MD Smoke rolls into frame from the nearby ashtray as Gabriel Byrne speaks on the phone.
263 91:23 OTS Repeat of previous from a different angle.
264 91:38 ES A well dressed man in the hallway is holding a cigarette below the frame & smoke is seen rising.
265 91:40 ES Repeat of same but this time he takes a drag from his cigarette.
266 91:53 CU Very close view of the same man smoking his cigarette.
267 92:11 CU Repeat of same.
270 92:39 CU The same man drops his cigarette on the floor and smashes it out with the toe of his leather shoe.
271 96:48 CU A glass ashtray full of cigarette butts on a counter next to a cup of coffee and a hat.
272-274 96:52 ES Three glass ashtrays are seen along the luncheon counter as well as waitress smoking.
275 105:54 ES Gabriel Byrne arrives home, the fancy ashtray with the decorative wooden stand is visible.
276 107:16 ES/Dolly in The undertaker in the background is seen smoking a cigarette.
277 107:37 Dolly out Repeat of same.
278 107:43 Dolly out Repeat of same.

Additional Thoughts…

A big city gangster tale, but in some anonymous location. Miller’s Crossing (1990) is quite the alcohol movie on top of the hundreds of tobacco incidents.

still from Millers Crossing

Another one of the Coen brothers’ films that is infinitely cryptic.

“There’s nothing more foolish than a man chasing his hat”

still from Millers Crossing

More insights coming soon…