A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »
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
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Steve Buscemi once was an actual ice cream truck driver, on the streets where his character is shown driving such a truck. See more »
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 »
Can you help you?
Yeah, I was in here last week, I left my number. I was just wondering if you found a mechanic yet.
No, not yet.
Because I'm available, I mean I know you're probably still looking at other possibilities but I can start anytime.
I remember you. Where's your car?
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.
I know, it's a piece of shit. But I've got it running pretty good now.
So how come ...
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Written and Performed by Hayden
Published by EMI April Music Inc./The Energy I Have Left
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products and Hardwood Records See more »
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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