Big Night

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 043396315433
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Tucci Secondo
Tony Shalhoub Primo
Minnie Driver Phyllis
Ian Holm Pascal
Isabella Rossellini Gabriella
Allison Janney Ann
Campbell Scott
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Exceptional Film

    "Big Night" is one of those rare films that captures the personality of each character and develops those characterizations throughout the movie, while telling an interesting feature story with sub plots that could stand up against most feature films. While Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci shine in their starring roles as brothers with distinctly different goals and dreams for their shared restaurant, probably the true beauty of this film is how much is said about love and passion through scenes with food, cars, business dealings and character's interactions with each other. While this movie is entertaining for everyone, it is a must see for anyone who is passionate about the food and beverage industry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!!!

    I Absolutely enjoyed this film. Wonderful. Great acting by the whole cast. Parts of it were filmed in my hometown of Keyport New Jersey. Excellent film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is a classic!

    The ensemble cast does a wonderful job with this simple comedy-drama. The camera is practically another actor, and the movie features some brilliant scenes that are shot in a single take. Highly recommended!

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