The Big Night centered around awkward teenager Georgie La Main (John Drew Barrymore) who has an extremely complicated relationship with his father Andy La Main (Preston Foster). This movie is a coming of age film that showcases Georgie's period of growing older and gaining a better relationship with his estranged father. Their turbulent relationship is further strained when Andy is badly beaten by famous writer Al Judge (Howard St. John). Angered and hoping to help his estranged father, Georgie takes a pistol and hits the streets to find Al and get revenge for father's beating. As Georgie combs the streets for Al, he has time to think about his relationship with his father and comes to a few realizations about the two of them. Georgie also learns a very dark secret from his own past and must learn how to deal with the effect it has on him and his father.