Dinner Rush

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Overview

Bob Giraldi's dark gangster comedy Dinner Rush comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Those with access to a DVD-ROM drive can view extra bonus materials. This is a fine release that ...
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Overview

Bob Giraldi's dark gangster comedy Dinner Rush comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Those with access to a DVD-ROM drive can view extra bonus materials. This is a fine release that should satisfy genre enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Surround Sound ; English subtitles and closed captions; Spanish subtitles; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Dinner Rush is billed as Big Night crossed with The Sopranos, but as is often the case, the film proves to be much deeper than a simple tagline can accurately describe; however, it's a good starting point. This film combines elements of a mob drama, albeit a minor one, with those of romance, intellectualism, and a behind-the-scenes documentary feel for the inner workings of a popular New York City restaurant. Instead of giving short shrift to one or more of these ingredients (in keeping with the restaurant theme), director Bob Giraldi and writers Rick Shaughnessy and Brian S. Kalata find just the right mix to keep the plot moving along and the characters interesting in spite of their widely shared screen time. The film centers on a restaurateur and small-time bookie (Danny Aiello) who watches as his chef son (Edoardo Ballerini) turns his traditional Italian eatery into a fanciful trendy hot spot and his partner is murdered by two thugs, including a very effective Mike McGlone, trying to take over his bookmaking business and, it turns out, his restaurant as well. Aiello plays the role somewhere between bemusement and cold-heartedness, but it works because his persona is so strong that he generates a tremendous amount of empathy. All the subplots hold interesting tidbits in them, particularly the patron played by John Corbett, who actually has more reason for being at the bar on this night than is let on. As might be expected, the kitchen scenes are phenomenally staged. The rigors of owning and running a restaurant are on display not only in the preparing of the food, but from the maƮtre-d' and servers as well. Other notable performances include Mark Margolis, who plays a snooty patron providing a good deal of comedy with the grief he gives his waitress, and Sandra Bernhard has a relatively small role as a food critic who has, perhaps not so coincidentally, had an affair with the head chef. The film wraps all of these separate stories together in a very neat and, like a good meal, ultimately satisfying way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • UPC: 794043610523
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,537

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Aiello Louis Cropa
Edoardo Ballerini Udo Cropa
Vivian Wu Nicole
Mike McGlone Carmen
Kirk Acevedo Duncan
Sandra Bernhard Jennifer Freeley
John Corbett
Jamie Harris
Summer Phoenix Marti
Polly Draper Natalie Clemente
Mark Margolis Fitzgerald
Manny Perez Gabriel
Technical Credits
Bob Giraldi Director
Andrew Bernard Production Designer
Gautam Choudhury Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Di Giaimo Producer
Brian S. Kalata Screenwriter
Rick Shaughnessy Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Never the Restaurant" [3:19]
2. Getting Home Safe [4:50]
3. Main Titles/Today's Menu [4:39]
4. Not a Meatball Kind of Place [3:03]
5. Everything in Its Place [3:40]
6. Duncan's Black and Blue [5:35]
7. A Long Wait/A Business Proposal [8:06]
8. "His Food or His Lady" [2:44]
9. Power Outage [7:09]
10. Dying for Nothing [2:28]
11. The Fine-Arts World [4:50]
12. No Chicken for Jennifer [3:03]
13. "An Interesting Suggestion" [3:43]
14. Nightmares [4:45]
15. An Incredible Creation [3:54]
16. Champagne for the Cops [1:30]
17. Portraiture Today [2:13]
18. Rye and Soda/"Reprehensible" [3:36]
19. New Owner/New Boss [7:35]
20. The Envelope, Please [1:32]
21. A Real, Starving Artist [3:23]
22. Thanks for a Deadly Night [5:37]
23. Double-Murder Scoop [3:28]
24. End Credits [3:44]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Family and Food

    This movie is a darkly comical look at family loyalty and the restaurant business. It revolves around one fateful night in the life of Udo, Duncan, and their father, the owner of the restaurant. Besides the serious main plot involving the mafia and Udo's desire to become an owner, there are a couple funny subplots, one involving the bartender and a customer, and another dealing with a waitress and a pretentious customer. In the end it all comes together with a twist. This is an excellent film if you are Italian, love food, and/or like mafia movies.

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