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Trees Lounge (1996)

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

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

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

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$695,229 (USA)
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David Chase used the same casting directors, Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe, in The Sopranos (1999) after seeing this film. Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), Suzanne Shepherd (Mary De Angelis) and Elizabeth Bracco (Marie Spatafore) went on to appear in The Sopranos. See more »

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During the opening credits, an old man at the bar orders a large glass of liquor, filled with ice. In the next shot, there's no ice in the glass. However, this is a deliberate technique by the director to indicate the passing of time at Trees Lounge. See more »

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Harry: Can you help you?
Tommy: Yeah, I was in here last week, I left my number. I was just wondering if you found a mechanic yet.
Harry: No, not yet.
Tommy: Because I'm available, I mean I know you're probably still looking at other possibilities but I can start anytime.
Harry: I remember you. Where's your car?
Tommy: My car?
Harry: Yeah, when you drove away from here last week your car stalled out down the block, it took you 25 minutes to get it started.
Tommy: I know, it's a piece of shit. But I've got it running pretty good now.
Harry: So how come ...
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE
Written by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts
Performed by Brenda Lee
Published by Doris Fisher Music/Starstreet J.V. and Allan Roberts Music/Music Sales
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Labor of Love
15 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

If John Cassavetes was alive, he'd have a copy of Trees Lounge in his video library. This is a story that is hard to tell, let alone find an audience. Although many can relate with the cast of lost souls hanging out at a bar most of the day, many will not admit to being somewhat connected to any of the characters. Filmed for less that 2 million, this independent, low budget, and somewhat of a masterpiece is brilliant as well as entertaining. Much of the cast has gone on to do other known films. Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior Steve Buscemi, Bronson Dudley, Anthony LaPaglia and Steve's brother Michael Buscemi star in this Minnie and Moskowitz type story. Seymour Cassell and Mimi Rogers add their touch of magic to this story as well. A deep story with deep characters, this is a movie worth watching.


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