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Cheap Smokes (2000)

Ftina tsigara (original title)
As the lights flicker on a warm August night, amidst vacant Athens' stillness, a modern bohemian flirts with a woman he just met at a phone booth, while strolling around the city's quiet night streets.


Renos Haralambidis


George Bakolas (supervising writer) (as Giorgos A. Bakolas), Renos Haralambidis
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Credited cast:
Renos Haralambidis ... Nikos
Anna-Maria Papaharalambous Anna-Maria Papaharalambous ... Sofia
Michalis Iatropoulos ... Manolis
Kostas Tsakonas Kostas Tsakonas ... Telis
Alkis Panagiotidis ... Takis
Andreas Natsios Andreas Natsios ... Picasso
Manos Vakousis ... Sakis
Takis Spiridakis ... Makis
Vana Pefani Vana Pefani ... Prostitute
Nikos Katis Nikos Katis ... Boxer
Nikoleta Stavridou Nikoleta Stavridou
Marios Ioannou ... Thanasis
Ioanna Mavrea Ioanna Mavrea ... Ioanna
Nasos Papadoukas Nasos Papadoukas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikos Kourouklis Nikos Kourouklis ... Cafe owner


In his early thirties, Nikos is a poet and a dreamer, a bohemian figure of a man who even though he is content with his simple daily routine watching indolently the days pass by from the windows of his favourite coffee shop, on the inside, he is silently aching to love and be loved. On the other hand, Sophia, a decisive fashion stylist in her mid-twenties, thirsts to fulfil her dreams in life, she is fresh and staggeringly beautiful, yet, she is also leading an ordinary life. Eventually, by an interesting turn of fate, the two opposites will attract and as the lights flicker on a warm August night, amidst vacant Athens' stillness, Nikos, the knight in not so shining armour, will find the courage to converse with Sophia, the alluring woman he just met at a phone booth, blurring the line between chatting and flirting. Over the brief course of the remaining evening, while strolling around the city's quiet night streets, Nikos will earn Sophia's trust, underlining the necessity of a ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Romance






Greek | English

Release Date:

5 January 2001 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheap Smokes See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was screened the 2000-2001 season and cut 25,000 tickets nationwide, came in 10th place in 22 films. See more »


Nikos: I am a collector. I collect the toughest and wildest of things... moments. When I suddenly get a desire to fly, and I have nowhere to fly to, I hide in my collection, full of coffees, boxers, dancers, random contacts, insults, tender outlaws, arcades, meetings, screams, silences, separations, words, words, words... Things will flow they way they like, anyway. Life knows. And I trust her...
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Referenced in Born on the 8th of March See more »


Lefko mou giasemi
Performed by Elli Paspala
Composed by Panagiotis Kalatzopoulos
Lyrics by Mihalis Ganas
Courtesy of Warner (1998)
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Renos Haralambidis' work is always enjoyable
7 December 2009 | by Ishkandar_BSee all my reviews

Yes! Renos Haralambidis' work is always constructively destructive and enjoyable...

"Cheap Smokes" is another version of "No Budget Story" or "The Heart of the Beast".

Critics could say that he is repeating the narration of his life story (or the life story of a friend) but in my opinion he is demonstrating again his ability to cope with a low budget to produce a cinematography that is not cheap. I have seen the film 24 hours ago and I am still laughing with the picture of the face of the self blow-jobber's mother as entering into his room!

Congrats! I give an 8 out of 10 for "Cheap Smokes"

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