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Trees Lounge (1996)

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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".



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Things aren't going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he "borrowed" money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can't find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives, full of the colorful eccentrics one finds in such places, like the estranged husband, or the old boozer drinking himself to death. He drunkenly wanders through his life, still in love with his ex, desperate for some sort of meaning beyond the bar, some sort of meaning to his life. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A story about one man's search... for who knows what


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for plentiful strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bizim kafe  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,830 (USA) (11 October 1996)


$695,229 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Serval actors that appeared In Trees lounge also appeared in Goodfellas, Suzanne Shepherd Debi Mazar Kevin Corrigan Michael Imperioli and Samuel L. Jackson. See more »


During the wake, when Tommy and Debbie are praying over Uncle Al's body, you can see Seymour breathing, even though he is suppose to be a dead body in a casket. See more »


Tommy: He saved my life once.
Debbie: What, he was gonna kill you but he changed his mind?
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References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »


Written by Ray Whitley (as R. Whitley)
Performed by Bill Deal
Published by Low-Twi Music
Courtesy of Rep S Music Group/Jerry Ross Productions/Castle C.C.
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Melancholia in Suburbia
17 June 2005 | by ((Cumbria)United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This semi-biographical tale centres around a down on his luck, yet charismatic bar fly, set on his way to self destruction. Buscemi'second self directed/penned feature is slower paced than some might expect. This in no way detracts from the overall brilliance and charm that trees lounge conveys. Tommy's character, while on the surface, demands both pity and sympathy. It's in his anti-heroic attributes ie. selfishness and callousness, that make the film so human and believable. American releases as passionate and warm as Trees Lounge do not come around as often anymore, with only The Station Agent coming close. So enjoy.

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