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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.

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Release Date:
20 September 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In love and life, one big night can change everything.
Plot:
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
12 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Culturally Rich Slice of Life See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (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

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

Ken Cheeseman ... Photographer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Campbell Scott 
Stanley Tucci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Tropiano 
Stanley Tucci 

Produced by
Elizabeth W. Alexander .... associate producer (as Elizabeth Alexander)
Jonathan Filley .... producer
David Paul Kirkpatrick .... executive producer
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 
 
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
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
George Leong .... boom operator
Julie Lindner .... assistant sound editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Richard Murphy .... utility sound (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)
 
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
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)
Jim Denault .... additional electrician
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: "a" camera
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
Phil Testa .... best boy electric
Stephen Treadway .... second assistant camera (as Steve Treadway)
Phil Cohen .... Steadicam assistant (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 (as Barbara Krauthamer)
 
Editorial Department
Armando Fente .... assistant editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Kent McGrew .... color timer
Beth Moran .... editing intern
Zeborah Tidwell .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Bradley Ard .... musician
Steve Borne .... music editor
Chris Collins .... musician
Margot Core .... music supervisor
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
Justin Daly .... production assistant
Michael Del Rio .... stand-in
Jill Footlick .... production coordinator
Vernon Guinn .... production assistant
Lisa Horne .... assistant: Mr. Tucci and Mr. Scott
Larry Horodner .... location production assistant
Marty Houston .... production assistant
Sam Hutchins .... location manager
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
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
Gary van der Meer .... location assistant (as Gary L. van der Meer)
Justin Vanson .... production assistant
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: main titles
Rose Viggiano .... location production assistant
Andrew Vogliano .... production assistant
Michael Wolinski .... office production assistant
Christopher Wyllie .... production secretary
Tom Yeager .... assistant location manager
 
Thanks
Robert Altman .... special thanks
Steve Buscemi .... special thanks
Michael McCormick .... special thanks
Aidan Quinn .... special thanks
Liev Schreiber .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Continuity: When Bob is talking to Segundo in the Cadillac, his lollipop is alternately in/out of his mouth between shots.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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Soundtrack:
Il PescivendoloSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Culturally Rich Slice of Life, 13 May 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

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.

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