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".

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo
In the Soup (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Alexandre Rockwell
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals
Interview I (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi, Michael Buscemi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney
Surface (1998)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Portrait of a young woman.

Director: Piers Thompson
Stars: Chloë Sevigny
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While working on a documentary on his old neighborhood, a young film school graduate shifts the focus of his production onto the disappearance of a local resident and the strange characters... See full summary »

Director: Sam Henry Kass
Stars: Holt McCallany, Michael Badalucco, Nicholas Turturro
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Mark Boone Junior, Seymour Cassel, Steve Buscemi
Drama

A couple traveling the back roads of America stumble upon a young boy practicing how to surf in a Kansas cornfield.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bronson Dudley ...
...
Rob (as Anthony Lapaglia)
...
...
...
Steven Randazzo ...
Vic
...
Rockets Redglare ...
...
...
...
Richard Boes ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bizim kafe  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$695,229 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Costelloe was originally cast as Matthew. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tommy: He's a little old man. Can't you take some of the wrinkles out? You've given birth to Mr. Magoo.
See more »


Soundtracks

MUDSLIDE
Written and Performed by Craig Ross
Published by Sophie Spot Music
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hats off to Buscemi
28 September 2004 | by (Out there) – See all my reviews

Watched this with some trepidation, having seen the absolutely excellent trailer. So few movies live up to their trailers, especially indies. Anxiety increased by having read Buscemi's fairly harrowing account of making the film in one of those 'The Directors' books.

Shouldn't have worried. Great flick. Totally engrossing, especially to a *cough* former *cough* barfly like myself. Beautifully understated, funny, very sad, nicely paced and Buscemi very wisely NOT trying to dominate every scene, although he certainly dominates the movie.

Movie appears on first sight plot less but actually it isn't at all: Buscemi's search for a second chance to escape from the morass of his own making is riveting. Everyone involved seems to have had a good time and the beautifully relaxed performances are the reward. Only the two knucklehead goombahs fall below the otherwise uniformly excellent level.

A real treat, and thoroughly watchable-again able. My DVD was in TV format, which sucked, but otherwise the low budget doesn't really intrude.

Nearest movie to it I can think of offhand is KILLING OF A Chinese BOOKIE. Radically different subject matter but similar bittersweet texture.

A slightly, but only slightly, generous 9/10 from me.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The edge of society: other great movies marnik71
Charles Bukowski shermer75
Excellent Movie! LostHighway101
Tommy became Carl Showalter Boogalou
question about the end kelticman
Tommy the new Bill? queensamika
Discuss Trees Lounge (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page