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Big Night (1996)

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

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Larry Block ...
Man in Restaurant
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Andre Belgrader ...
Stash (as Andrei Belgrader)
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Loan Officer
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Leo
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Alberto N. Pisani
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Woman Singer
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Charlie
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Ann
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Primo and Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth front-man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of the nearby Pascal's restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre fare), offers a solution - he will call his friend, a big-time jazz musician, to play a special benefit at their restaurant. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime, for the brothers' big night... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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In love and life, one big night can change everything.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Night - italialainen ilta  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,942, 22 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,881,039, 21 February 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mary-Louise Parker was originally cast as Phyillis. See more »

Goofs

The pianist in Pascal's restaurant is playing an electronic keyboard, the likes of which would not be invented for another twenty years or more. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Primo: [offers a taste asking opinion in Italian]
Secondo: What?
Primo: More Salt?
Secondo: No.
[continues chopping]
Primo: Not too fine, eh? Sometimes you cut it too fine, then all you taste is the garlic!
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 August 2016 (2016) See more »

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Stornelli Amorosi
Written by Sarra, Astro and Mari
Performed by Claudio Villa
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A great "little" film
28 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

After having looked over my reviews on IMDb, I noticed that only one of them was enthusiastic. That should be rectified, since I consider myself a big fan of cinema, and I choose as my second enthusiastic recommendation Big Night. This is one of those films that doesn't have to show off. It's a slice of life sort of thing going on here, with an assortment of people with strengths and faults, but who all value life's simple pleasures, like good food. It's a story about the underdogs , and their hopes and dreams and struggles -- some within reach, some not. It's got a good cast too. They all make it look easy, but they have a charming script and careful direction. I think Billy Wilder would have approved. At turns funny and touching, and the last scene -- several minutes without a word of dialogue -- is pure gold.


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