Trees Lounge

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Overview

Character actor Steve Buscemi made his debut as a writer and director with this seriocomic tale of a guy who is going through something but doesn't know just what it is. Tommy is a 31-year-old auto mechanic who lost his last job after "borrowing" 1,500 dollars from the cash register and heading to Atlantic City, where he wasted no time losing it all at the tables. The fact that he can't get his own car to run isn't impressing any prospective employers, so Tommy spends much of his time at the Trees Lounge, a local...
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Overview

Character actor Steve Buscemi made his debut as a writer and director with this seriocomic tale of a guy who is going through something but doesn't know just what it is. Tommy is a 31-year-old auto mechanic who lost his last job after "borrowing" 1,500 dollars from the cash register and heading to Atlantic City, where he wasted no time losing it all at the tables. The fact that he can't get his own car to run isn't impressing any prospective employers, so Tommy spends much of his time at the Trees Lounge, a local watering hole conveniently located downstairs from his apartment. Eventually Tommy lands some work driving an ice cream truck and becomes acquainted with his ex-girlfriend's 17-year-old niece, Debbie Chloë Sevigny. When they half-heartedly fall into a romance, it's just one more thing for Tommy to be confused about. Buscemi draws upon a rich cast of supporting actors, including Elizabeth Bracco, Anthony LaPaglia, Carol Kane, Debi Mazar, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mimi Rogers.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by Steve Buscemi; original theatrical trailer; Trees Lounge music video.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
For an actor who made his name in films by style-over-substance directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Steve Buscemi presents a surprisingly quiet, no-frills character study for his feature directorial debut, Trees Lounge. Also serving as writer and star, Buscemi tones down his own trademark talkiness in the central role of Tommy, a Long Island barfly and out-of-work mechanic who's spinning his wheels only slightly more noticeably than the other sad small-timers around him. It's a portrait of people living with their mistakes and making do in undersized lives, and it's replete with ambiguous morality, messy resolutions, and provocative moments. Because it also keeps a sense of humor, it's a balanced, vivid work. Buscemi gets natural performances from all of his actors, most notably Chloë Sevigny, in one of her earliest roles. As the 17-year-old niece of Tommy's ex-girlfriend, Sevigny is both the catalyst and casualty of the impotent anger and loneliness that burdens the other characters. A memorable outing, Trees Lounge proves Buscemi to be more than just an actor who "really wants to direct."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
Trees Lounge doesn't paint a depressing portrait of Tommy, just a realistic one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • UPC: 012236120599
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,162

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Buscemi Tommy
Mark Boone Jr. Mike
Chloë Sevigny Debbie
Michael Buscemi Raymond
Anthony LaPaglia Rob
Elizabeth Bracco Theresa
Eszter Balint Marie
Seymour Cassel Uncle Al
Kevin Corrigan Matthew
Samuel L. Jackson Wendell
Carol Kane Connie
Debi Mazar Crystal
Rockets Redglare Stan
Bianca Bakiia Kelly
Bronson Dudley Bill
John Ventimiglia Johnny
Steve Randazzo Vic
Suzanne Shepherd Jackie
Joe Lisi Harry
Richard Boes Freddie
Brooke Smith Tina
Carina Finn Anna
Michael Storms Little Boy
Irma St. Paule Grandma
Annette Arnold Sandy
Michael Imperioli George
Daniella Rich Samantha
Marilyn Chris Josie Basilio
Victor Arnold Tony Basilio
Christina Gildea Marie's Mother
Marissa Lanzello Lisa
Roberta Hanley Roberta
Larry Guillard Jr. James
Io Tillett Wright Little Girl
Daniel Baldwin Jerry
Mimi Rogers Patty
Lucian Buscemi Crystal's son
Charlie Newmark Puck
Technical Credits
Steve Buscemi Director, Screenwriter
Jennifer Alex Art Director
Coll Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Kelley Forsyth Co-producer
Chris Hanley Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Lisa Kent Set Decoration/Design
Evan Lurie Score Composer, Songwriter
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
Julie Silverman Executive Producer
Sarah Vogel Co-producer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Nick Wechsler Executive Producer
Kate Williams Editor
Brad Wyman Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title/Closing Time [4:04]
2. Pointing the Finger [2:39]
3. The Barkeep's Bet [3:07]
4. The Wrench of Unemployment [1:12]
5. Is It Tommy's Baby? [1:47]
6. Tommy's "Gentleman's" Bet [8:22]
7. Leaving the Loser Behind [1:31]
8. Rude Awakening [2:14]
9. Uncle Al's Fraught Funeral [3:10]
10. A Line Before Crying [3:31]
11. Nitpicking at Old Wounds [2:02]
12. Why Tommy Got Fired [2:48]
13. Home Movie Happiness [3:29]
14. Peace Offering [1:37]
15. The Mover's Wisdom [3:42]
16. Tommy Chilling Out [2:41]
17. A Trucker Needs Company [2:50]
18. Reunion Over Roast Beef [4:41]
19. Stepping Backwards [2:21]
20. There's No Conning Connie [1:34]
21. Get Down, Get Funky [4:55]
22. A Big Mistake [5:21]
23. Consequential Confrontations [5:12]
24. Debbie Doesn't Need Him [2:48]
25. A Father Betrayed [4:36]
26. "I'm Sorry" [4:24]
27. Going Nowhere [3:46]
28. End Credits [4:26]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    101 for AA

    This movie does the best at categorizing the confusing and devastating road of alcoholism. In the independent film community, Buschemi is a god and rightfully deserves so. In this naturalistic outlook similar to Cassavetes, Buschemi clearly shines as a director.

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