Big Night (1996)

Can two brothers make it in the stress of a new country, working day and night to make their restaurant a success? When Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci are the brothers, it may not matter because the film has some exemplary, unforgettable performances.

Big Night (1996) R | 1h 49min | Drama , Romance | 20 September 1996 (USA) New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food. Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci Writers: Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony

The directing chair is shared by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. Scott has a smaller role in the film as a car salesman. Both directors do a great job fleshing out these characters, making the script come alive. Stanley Tucci also wrote it putting him in the big leagues in my book.

There is a virtual cast of thousands in this film. Minnie Driver, Marc Anthony, and so many more. You will see a star studded cast when you watch this film from the mid 90’s.

It’s a nice film that definitely made me hungry for Italian food. I love the performances as well but the story didn’t seem real. For example they don’t explain the love crosses very much. It may be meant to simply be a cross section of life. There isn’t a very good wrap-up in its conclusion. For the experience and performances I enjoyed, I give it a hearty spaghetti plate of 8/10

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