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Big Night Movie Review Summary

Actors: Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini

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Primo and Secondo, two brothers from Italy, have a restaurant in New Jersey in the 1950s which is failing. Primo (Shalhoub) is a wizard of the kitchen, an artist with the highest standards; Secondo (Tucci), who does more of the table waiting, realizes the importance of meeting the clientele partway. Rival businessman Pascal (Ian Holm) gives the people what they want in his highly successful but mediocre restaurant, thereby earning the brothers' envy and disdain, but he volunteers to help them out by telling his friend, the popular jazz musician Louis Prima, to drop by their place. The brothers gamble the fate of their entire business on this "big night." Minnie Driver and Isabella Rossellini have small supporting roles as girlfriends (of Secondo and Pascal, respectively), and Allison Janney (CJ on "The West Wing") may also be glimpsed in a small role. This truly lovely film -- gentle and bittersweet -- was a sleeper hit among film connoisseurs in 1996-97.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   brother Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   businessman, saving a faltering

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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