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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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Woman in Restaurant
Andre Belgrader ...
Stash (as Andrei Belgrader)
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Leo
Pasquale Cajano ...
Alberto N. Pisani
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Charlie
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Ann
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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$185,942 (USA) (20 September 1996)

Gross:

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

Primo, Tony Shalhoub's name in Big Night, translates as "First". Secondo, Stanley Tucci's character, translates as "Second". This relates to their birth order in the film. It is briefly referenced in the Cadillac scene when Secondo meets Bob (the car salesman played by Campbell Scott). (Additionally, Shalhoub's character in The Impostors (1998) was named Voltri, First Mate - a possible reference to Primo.) 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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Stornelli Amorosi
Written by Sarra, Astro and Mari
Performed by Claudio Villa
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Eat first!
16 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic. You feel like you are on the Jersey shore and can smell the sauce being cooked. Even Minnie Driver is great! Eat something first because the food consumed and prepared during the movie will have you drooling.


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