Big Night

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Released 1996

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Director:
Stanley Tucci , Campbell Scott
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Big Night is an Italian movie that features the story of two brothers, Primo (Tony Shaloub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), who have decided to come to the United States and open an Italian restaurant. They work well together, because they each make up for the other's deficiencies. Primo might be a great chef, but he has no idea how to run a business, so Secondo is in charge of keeping the restaurant profitable. Despite their initial success the two fall on hard times and are about to close their business, until a rich businessman takes pity on them and decides to help them out. He calls a famous jazz musician to play for their restaurant, and the performance this night attracts a horde of customers who are thrilled to see the musician play in their neighborhood. The pressure is now on Primo, as he must prepare the meal of a lifetime, as it is their one and only chance to promote their restaurant or they will have no choice but to close. Will Primo succeed, or will the brothers end up as failures in their American adventure?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, Big Night is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This unlikely collaboration between actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott is extremely well directed, making for a smartly made, delightfully acted period piece whose sensibility...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    90s, Family Comedies, Family Dramas, Independent