Big Night
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Big Night

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Director: Campbell Scott

Cast: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver

     
 

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There have been a number of movies about food, but one of the best is the smaller, independent film The Big Night. The disc for this title, which was released early in "DVD history," doesn't get the star treatment though, which is unfortunate. The quality of the image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is quite good for this low-budget film, though theSee more details below

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There have been a number of movies about food, but one of the best is the smaller, independent film The Big Night. The disc for this title, which was released early in "DVD history," doesn't get the star treatment though, which is unfortunate. The quality of the image, which is framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is quite good for this low-budget film, though the transfer does show some signs of wear. The faults are rather minimal though and don't significantly detract from the viewing experience. The sound also shows the signs of a smaller budget. The Dolby Digital surround track doesn't utilize the surround speakers, but is perfectly clear upfront and without any distracting elements, which, for this type of film, is completely adequate. As for any supplemental materials, with the majority of early Columbia/TriStar titles, there is nothing more than the trailer.In this witty drama, a pair of brothers debate integrity versus compromise as they try to succeed in the restaurant business. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) have journeyed from Italy to New Jersey in the mid-1950s, determined to make a killing with an authentic Italian restaurant, The Paradise. But their food is a bit too authentic; Primo may prepare a superb risotto, but most of his customers are wondering why they can't get a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. Secondo tries to convince his brother not to berate the customers for requesting more "American" dishes, but Primo stands firm. Meanwhile, Pascal (Ian Holm), another local restaurateur, is doing great business with "Italian style" food the brothers wouldn't bother to spit on. Despite Primo's refusal to change his recipes to cater to lowbrow tastes, Secondo goes to Pascal begging for advice. With The Paradise on its last legs, Pascal offers to help -- Louis Prima, the famous Italian-American bandleader, is coming to town, and Pascal is to arrange a banquet in his honor. He'll stage the banquet at The Paradise in the hopes that Prima and his entourage (and hopefully the accompanying press) will fall in love with the authentic food and sing the praises of the foundering restaurant as he tours the country. The preparations for the big night and the behind-the-scenes family drama that ensues is highlighted by a strong supporting cast of Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, and Allison Janney. Stanley Tucci, who plays Secondo, co-directed with Campbell Scott, who has a small but memorable role as a car salesman.

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All Movie Guide
By the end of Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott's Big Night, you might have the desire to cook like an artist, or at least the desire to promptly head to the nearest authentic Italian restaurant. Tucci and Tony Shalhoub are perfect as the film's sibling restaurateurs forced to confront the reality of a failed American dream. Tucci wrote the script with his cousin Joseph Tropiano, cooking up a wonderfully emotional, personal story full of real characters with real problems. Though the film tells a small story, there are big themes: loyalty, trust, and the need to value integrity over vulgar expedience. Tucci holds the proceedings together, but like the climactic feast itself, the movie is populated with rich supporting moments: Isabella Rosellini, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm and even co-director Scott turn up to add color to the character-driven script.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/1998
UPC:
0043396810198
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Widescreen format

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Tucci Secondo
Tony Shalhoub Primo
Minnie Driver Phyllis
Ian Holm Pascal
Isabella Rossellini Gabriella
Allison Janney Ann
Campbell Scott Actor
Marc Anthony Cristiano

Technical Credits
Campbell Scott Director,Co-producer
Stanley Tucci Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Beth Alexander Associate Producer
Lynn D'Angona Asst. Director
Gary De Michele Score Composer
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Jonathan Filley Producer
Andrew Jackness Production Designer
Ken Kelsch Cinematographer
David Kirkpatrick Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Peter Ligouri Associate Producer
Oliver Platt Associate Producer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Keith Samples Producer
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Tropiano Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer

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