MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 544 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 11,351 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 78 user | 50 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

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Mar 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Apr 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 03 Jul 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 19 Dec 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 6 months ago
 

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
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
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a remote 19th Danish century village two sisters 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
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
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A film about the grueling construction of not one but two world class restaurants. We follow Danny Meyer, arguably the most successful restaurateur in America. Our cameras follow the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger M. Sherman
Stars: Tom Colicchio
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

Director: David Kaplan
Stars: Aarti Mann, Dean Winters, Jess Weixler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Jean-Yves Pitoun
Stars: Jason Lee, Eddy Mitchell, Irène Jacob
Tampopo (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto
    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

The woman singing in the competing restaurant is played by Christine Tucci, who is Stanley Tucci's sister. See more »

Goofs

Segundo's arm when talking to Phyllis in the car. 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

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Best of '96 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Giordani, Caro Mio Ben
Performed by Ezio Pinza
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Culturally Rich Slice of Life
13 May 2007 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

Big Night is a peaceful joy to watch because its themes and the overall feeling of the film is so normal. The characters, so beautifully rich, are realistic and so are their problems. The characters are mainly wonderfully, infectiously bombastic Italians, and entire scenes are sometimes constructed of the process of making Italian food from scratch. The subtlety and unaffronting reality of these qualities are so endearing to me. In fact, the scene that leaves an imprint on me more than any of the others, despite how fun it is to see the actors have a blast playing fiery, thick-mustachioed men with heavy Italian accents, is a scene that hardly has a connection with any of the others. An Italian ballad is playing over the soundtrack through the previous scene and continues into this scene, wherein Marc Anthony, playing a low-level restaurant bus boy, a small, quiet, incidental character, begins dancing with himself as he mops the floor of the restaurant. When other characters enter, the music, coming from nowhere but the film's soundtrack itself, cuts off and he continues mopping the floor as if the dancing never happened. It's so touching for that scene to have been slipped in, giving a person who is only against the background of everyone's lives a dreamy, sensitive personality that he keeps to himself.

The focal point of the film is the chemistry between the characters of Stanley Tucci, playing a hard-working, pleading, frustrated restaurant owner, whose head carries only logic and a goal for success, and Tony Shalhoub, his brother, whose aggressive passion is for the food he cooks and the mystery and subtext within it, yet his interaction with people is painfully shy. Their clashes of pride, their battles with each other's completely different perspectives, and yet their sharing of the same dream are what drives the story.

A lot of the film's humor comes from the hilarity of Ian Holm. Ian Holm, a stiff-limbed Englishman, plays here a loud, very animated, hot-tempered Italian entrepreneur with a seamless and wonderfully entertaining delivery of an Italian accent and Italian movements. It's my favorite performance of his because I had never before imagined that he would play a role like this.

Big Night is not a masterpiece nor do I think it was even meant to be one, but what it is is subtle and interesting for purely human reasons. It's soundtrack is also a fantastic celebration of Italian music.


10 of 13 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
Car salesman... gay? TheLaughingWolf
Pascal and Gabriella? BrionyTallis
food in film plugster
Discuss Big Night (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?