MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 239 this week

Big Night (1996)

 -  Drama  -  20 September 1996 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 11,166 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 78 user | 49 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 14 Feb 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 11 Nov 2011
 
Saw
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 23 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Big Night" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Big Night (1996)

Big Night (1996) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Big Night.

User Polls

12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Impostors (1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Walker Jones
Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen Wang, Chien-Lien Wu
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a remote 19th Danish century village two sister lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel
Blind Date I (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Affected by tragedy, a married couple decide to role play a blind date.

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thijs Römer
Dinner Rush (2000)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Giraldi
Stars: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey
The Big Night (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring
His and Hers (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After Carol accidentally chops off Glenn's finger in the kitchen, she decides that she is not giving it back to him until he confesses all his affairs.

Director: Hal Salwen
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Caroleen Feeney, Michael Rispoli
Big Night (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Director: Bong Ramos
Stars: J.C. Parker, Jordan Herrera, Marco Morales
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A mockumentary of pitching and filming television game show "Company Retreat," which places white collar workers on teams opposite their company's blue collar workers. The zany characters ... See full summary »

Director: Campbell Scott
Stars: Hart Bochner, Matt Malloy, Joan Ackerman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Larry Block ...
Man in Restaurant
...
Woman in Restaurant
Andre Belgrader ...
...
...
Loan Officer
...
...
Leo
Pasquale Cajano ...
Alberto N. Pisani
...
Woman Singer
...
Charlie
...
...
Ann
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In love and life, one big night can change everything.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Inauguração  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 143,875,000 (Italy) (7 March 1997)

Gross:

ITL 763,505,000 (Italy) (11 April 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

In the final scene of the "big night" dinner the wine bottles across the table and in the kitchen with Secondo all have the trademark pink DOCG label on the bottle stem. The DOCG pink label was released in Italy only in the 1990s; the movie is set much earlier. 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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Italian Christmas with Mario and Giada (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Buona Sera
Written by Carl Sigman and Peter De Rose
Performed by Louis Prima
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Big Night ending... happy or sad? number6village
Absolutely Cr*p kalidor-2
Post if you love good food... happiscotsman
Pascal and Gabriella? BrionyTallis
Car salesman... gay? TheLaughingWolf
food in film plugster
Discuss Big Night (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?