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


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In love and life, one big night can change everything.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marc Anthony ... Cristiano

Tony Shalhoub ... Primo

Stanley Tucci ... Secondo
Larry Block ... Man in Restaurant

Caroline Aaron ... Woman in Restaurant
Andre Belgrader ... Stash (as Andrei Belgrader)

Minnie Driver ... Phyllis

Peter McRobbie ... Loan Officer

Isabella Rossellini ... Gabriella

Liev Schreiber ... Leo
Pasquale Cajano ... Alberto N. Pisani

Christine Tucci ... Woman Singer

Gene Canfield ... Charlie

Ian Holm ... Pascal

Allison Janney ... Ann
Tina Bruno ... Ida

Peter Appel ... Chubby

Jack O'Connell ... Man on Truck

Campbell Scott ... Bob
Karen Shallo ... Chubby's Wife
Alvaleta Guess ... Lenore
Tamar Kotoske ... Dean
Robert W. Castle ... Father O'Brien

Susan Floyd ... Joan

Dina Spybey-Waters ... Natalie (as Dina Spybey)
Seth Jones ... Jameson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ken Cheeseman ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Campbell Scott 
Stanley Tucci 
Writing credits
Stanley Tucci (written by) &
Joseph Tropiano (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth W. Alexander .... associate producer (as Elizabeth Alexander)
Jonathan Filley .... producer
David Paul Kirkpatrick .... executive producer (as David Kirkpatrick)
Peter Liguori .... associate producer
Oliver Platt .... associate producer
Keith Samples .... executive producer
Campbell Scott .... co-producer
Stanley Tucci .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gary DeMichele 
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Andrew Jackness 
Art Direction by
Jeffrey D. McDonald 
David Stein 
Set Decoration by
Susan Raney 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa  (as Juliet A. Polcsa)
Makeup Department
Scott W. Farley .... key hair stylist (as Scott Farley)
Patricia Grande .... assistant hair stylist (as Patricia Grand)
Anthony Gueli .... assistant hair stylist (as Tony Gueli)
Todd Kleitsch .... additional makeup artist
Linda Lazar .... assistant makeup artist
Neal Martz .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Diana Schmidt .... production manager
Charlie Vogel .... post-production supervisor: Post Productions Inc.
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carla Bowen .... second assistant director
Peggy Craven .... additional second assistant director
Lynn K. D'Angona .... first assistant director (as Lynn d'Angona)
Liz McGregor .... second second assistant director
Art Department
William Armstrong .... scenic artist
Diane Bishop .... food stylist assistant
Robert Covelman .... property master
Robert Dillon .... key carpenter (as Bob Dillon)
Deborah J. DiSabatino .... food stylist
Midge Duffy .... assistant property master
Stephen Finkin .... set dresser (as Steve Finkin)
Edward Gangloff .... carpentry foreman (as Ed Gangloff)
Joseph Garzero .... charge scenic (as Joe Garzero)
Jim Gilmartin .... scenic artist (as James B. Gilmartin)
Donna Hamilton .... assistant set decorator
Mark Horstmann .... construction coordinator
Ross Huttick .... additional property
Akeo Ihara .... shop production assistant
Miguel Jimenez .... shop electrician (as Miguel Jiminez)
Nicole Katz .... art department coordinator
Philip Kennedy .... scenic artist (as Phillip Kennedy)
Ron Mingalone .... additional property
Beth Moran .... art department production assistant
Ed Newins Jr. .... key construction grip (as Ed Newins)
Liam E. O'Rourke .... second construction grip
Gerard H. Pineo .... lead man
Steve Scanlon .... set dresser (as Stephen E. Scanlon)
Andrea Teicher .... food stylist assistant
John Wolanczyk .... scenic artist (as John P. Wolanczyk)
Harriet Zucker .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
George Leong .... boom operator
Julie Lindner .... assistant sound editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Richard Murphy .... utility cable (as Rich Murphy)
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Bruce Pross .... foley engineer
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Douglas Crosby .... stunts
Susan Trout .... stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Banks .... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Clark .... additional grip
John Clifford .... still photographer
Patrick Cousins .... electrician (as Pat Cousins)
Dan Denitto .... dolly grip (as Daniel De Nitto)
Jim Denny .... additional electrician
Joe Donohue III .... company grip (as Joseph Donohue III)
Andrea Dorman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Drellich .... camera operator
Samuel G. Friedman .... lamp operator (as Samuel Friedman)
Jim Galvin .... lamp operator
Pedro Hernández .... best boy grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Robert Kummert .... key grip (as Rob Kummert)
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera (as Dennis Livesey)
Paul Loret .... additional grip
Charlie McNamara .... chief lighting technician (as Charlie 'Gigi' McNamara)
Noah Prince .... generator operator
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Johnny Santiago .... additional grip
Anthony Santos .... additional electrician (as Tony Santos)
Jennifer Stuart .... camera trainee
Phil Testa .... assistant lighting technician
Stephen Treadway .... second assistant camera (as Steve Treadway)
Phil Cohen .... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Jim Denault .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Phil Testa .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Marcia DeBonis .... casting associate (as Marcia Bebonis)
Elisabeth Rudolph .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Abma .... costume assistant
Susan Carrano .... assistant to costume designer
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor
Irene Feldbauer .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Krauthamer .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Armando Fente .... assistant editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Kent McGrew .... color timer
Beth Moran .... editing intern
Zeborah Tidwell .... associate editor
Location Management
Larry Horodner .... location production assistant
Sam Hutchins .... location manager
Gary van der Meer .... location assistant (as Gary L. van der Meer)
Rose Viggiano .... location production assistant (as Rosie Viggiano)
Tom Yeager .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Bradley Ard .... musician
Steve Borne .... music editor
Chris Collins .... musician
Margot Core .... music supervisor
Gary DeMichele .... musician
Glenn DeMichele .... musician
David Gordon .... music recording engineer
David Gordon .... musician
Jeffrey Mickus .... musician
Henry Salgado .... musician
Gary DeMichele .... arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Babcock .... driver (as David J. Babcock)
Theodor A. Brown .... transportation captain (as Ted Brown)
Joseph Buonocore .... driver (as Joseph Buonocore Jr.)
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation co-captain
Gerard Maggio .... driver
Charlie Murphy .... driver
Charles Spillane .... driver
Other crew
Marc David Alpert .... production assistant (as Marc Alpert)
Eva Barnes .... dialect coach
Hélène Cardona .... stand-in (as Helene Cardona)
Justin Daly .... production assistant
Michael Del Rio .... stand-in
Jill Footlick .... production coordinator
Lisa Horne .... assistant: Mr. Tucci and Mr. Scott
Marty Houston .... production assistant
Andrea Isaacs .... production accountant
Jon M. Johnson .... parking
Kimberly Jones .... production assistant (as Kim Jones)
Harley Kaplan .... stand-in
Lisa Katcher .... script supervisor
Daniel Kaufman .... stand-in (as Dan Kaufman)
Valerie Livingston .... production assistant
Pamela Mathis .... title designer: The Effects House Inc.
Mary Kate McCormick .... assistant production coordinator
Andrew McDade .... production assistant (as Andrew 'Ace' McDade)
Frank McKenna .... craft service (as Francis J. McKenna)
Michael McKenna .... craft service (as Michael J. McKenna)
Frances N. Murdock .... assistant: Mr. Filley
Cristopher Novick .... production assistant (as Chris Novick)
Lynn Reich .... production assistant
Brad Rivers .... assistant: Mr. Samples
Judy Rossi .... assistant: Mr. Kirkpatrick
Shea Rowan .... production assistant
Gianni Scappin .... culinary consultant
George Sheanshang .... production attorney (as George Sheanshang Esq.)
Karen Sibrava .... stand-in
Alberto Sterling .... security officer (as Alberto 'Louis' Sterling)
Dale C. Todd .... assistant accountant
Mark Urman .... unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates
Eric Van Alstyne .... stand-in
Justin Vanson .... production assistant
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: main titles
Andrew Vogliano .... production assistant
Christopher Wyllie .... production secretary
Vernon Guinn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Wolinski .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Altman .... special thanks
Jo Andres .... special thanks (as Jo Buscemi)
Marchesi Antivari .... special thanks
Elizabeth Bracco .... special thanks (as Lizzie Quinn)
Steve Buscemi .... special thanks
Hanna Cox .... special thanks
Hope Davis .... special thanks
Alex Draper .... special thanks
Jeffrey Face .... special thanks
Victorio Giacomenti .... special thanks
Richard Glavin .... special thanks
Darryl Jefferson .... special thanks
Walker Jones .... special thanks
Olek Krupa .... special thanks
Maddalena Lampariello .... special thanks
Michael McCormick .... special thanks
Robert Pepitone .... special thanks
Aidan Quinn .... special thanks
Andrew Raffetto .... special thanks: The Raffetto Pasta Corp.
Liev Schreiber .... special thanks
Ira Senz .... special thanks
Joan Tucci .... special thanks
Kate Tucci .... special thanks (as Kate)
Stanley V. Tucci .... special thanks (as Stanley Tucci)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The woman singing in the competing restaurant is played by Christine Tucci, who is Stanley Tucci's sister.See more »
Continuity: When Bob is talking to Segundo in the Cadillac, his lollipop is alternately in/out of his mouth between shots.See more »
[first lines]
Primo:[offers a taste asking opinion in Italian]
Primo:More Salt?
[continues chopping]
Primo:Not too fine, eh? Sometimes you cut it too fine, then all you taste is the garlic!
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The crisis of immigration, 13 March 2002
Author: ( from Maryland, USA

I just need to mention that this is my friend's review that I wanted, with his permission, to share with you. I believe his meticulous view has discovered a veiled aspect which most of us have missed.



`Big Night' is a movie not so much about food and Italian cuisine but rather about cultural encounter and identity crises that most immigrants face upon their arrival in the new homeland.

The story cleverly unfolds the multi-personalities of an immigrant's character in a metaphorical representation. A character that is overwhelmed in a fierce inner struggle, constantly striving to reach a desired compromised. The big night is a milestone in an eventful and often chaotic journey. It's a moment for close encounter with reality.

The movie is about two brothers, Italian immigrants, trying to run ` Paradise' a gourmet restaurant. Primo is an uncompromising chef, who wishes to educate Americans to appreciate `The Real Italian Food'. Despite the obvious failure of their business, he stubbornly defies his customers' conception of Italian food. He simply cannot stand it when, a customer wants her risotto, painstakingly prepared seafood, with spaghetti and meatballs, and he calls her a `Philistine'.

While the brothers are battling for survival, Pascal, another Italian immigrant one generation older, runs a busy restaurant that fulfills the American conception of Italian food. Pascal is the kind of immigrant who has a clear mission statement. He is here to do business.

Secondo, the younger brother, who is in charge of management and accounting tries to convince his brother to give in and accept the business realities. He is in favor of changes to save the `Paradise'.

Primo the gifted chef, Secondo the manager who wants to run his business with the Rules of the Game, and finally Christian that mysteriously and quietly is there for the brothers in times of need, all are three aspects of the same person. A person lost and exhausted in the `Paradise'. Torn apart between Pascal who runs an enormously successful Italian restaurant across the street and Alberto the isolated barber who preserved his old social values.

The Movie begins with a scene that shows Christian in deep thought looking at the sea. We will see him often around the brothers throughout the movie. He hardly says anything. However, his presence has a mysterious significance yet unrevealed. Perhaps, an aspect of the immigrants' character that is more fundamental than the ones affected by cultural differences.

Primo represents that side of the immigrant that's terrified by the might of the new culture and the impending changes that eventually unravel. He is reserved, strongly opinionated and scared that he may lose it all in this journey and end up `eaten up' by the new culture.

Secondo shows us the willingness of the immigrant for discovery, understanding and adaptation to the new social values. He looks up to Pascal for advice and, as Gabriella (Pascal's mistress) puts it, sees him as a `lighthouse' in a raging sea.

The night of the feast is an important milestone in this evolutionary process. It is an opportunity for Primo to show us what he possesses and how precious those possessions are. At the same time, it's a moment to face the reality that `Paradise' is in trouble and without a compromise it won't make it.

The film ends with Secondo, Christian and Primo eating three scrambled eggs the morning after the big night. Scrambled eggs and bread, a basic food in both cultures, implying a retreat to a common ground, for further evaluation and perhaps some adjustments. The movie, quite appropriately, doesn't reveal the direction that our immigrants will take. However, it beautifully displays the quiet coexistence of three personalities in a more persuasive journey!

I wonder if `the Big Night' is an adaptation of Freudian Psychoanalysis. If so could you identify `Id', ` Ego' and `superego'?


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