Miller’s Crossing

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

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.

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

More insights coming soon…