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A story about one man's search... for who knows what
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". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Steve Buscemi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Buscemi 

Produced by
Kelly Forsythe .... co-producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
Christina Larsson .... associate producer
Sarah Vogel .... co-producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
Brad Wyman .... producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Evan Lurie 
Cinematography by
Lisa Rinzler 
Film Editing by
Kate Williams 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Steve Rosenzweig 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Alex Nickason  (as Jennifer Alex)
Set Decoration by
Lisa Kent 
Costume Design by
Mari-An Ceo 
Makeup Department
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... additional hair stylist (as Lorrie Ann Dobbin)
Michael Napolitano .... additional hair stylist
Joanne Ottaviano .... hair stylist (as Joanne M. Ottaviano)
Joanne Ottaviano .... makeup artist (as Joanne M. Ottaviano)
Colette Scarfe .... assistant hair stylist
Darby Sedlock .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... assistant unit manager
Yalda Tehranian .... executive in charge of production
Gayle Vangrofsky .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolyon Handler .... second assistant director
Marco Londoner .... second second assistant director
Jeremy Slutskin .... second assistant director (as Jeremy Evan Slutskin)
David 'Wex' Wechsler .... first assistant director
Art Department
Julie Ebel .... art department intern
Ruth Falco .... art department intern
Alisa Grifo .... art department intern
Lillian Heard .... scenic artist
Noel Honig .... assistant property master
Chad Johnson .... art department intern
Melissa P. Lohman .... on-set dresser
Katie Merz .... scenic artist
Leah Mowan .... property assistant (as Lea Mowan)
Scott Pask .... assistant to production designer
Andrew Rosenzweig .... lead man
Michael Wylie .... property master
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... production sound mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Brad Bergbom .... additional boom operator (as Brad Berghom)
Brian Bowles .... assistant sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... foley mixer (as Mark Desimone)
Michael Jordan .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin T. Lynn .... assistant sound editor
Tim O'Shea .... dialogue editor
David Pastecchi .... boom operator (as Dave Pastecchi)
Tom Paul .... foley mixer
Steven Strassberg .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra Stereo
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... sound effects editor
Arthur M. Jolly .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Abel .... additional grip
Richard Audino .... gaffer (as Richard J. Audino)
Joseph Baccari .... additional electrician (as Joe 'Spoons' Baccari)
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Ruark Behan .... additional grip
Alec Boehm .... first assistant camera
Christopher Bright .... fourth grip
Meraby Ellis .... third grip (as Max Ellis)
Osa Elmfors .... second assistant camera
David Flanigan .... assistant camera
Duncan Foster .... fourth electric
Vadim Frumin .... additional grip
Jackie Hamilton .... best boy grip
Edie 'The Dog' Kelly .... additional grip
Tim Kelly .... key grip
Sam Kretschmer .... additional grip
Charles Libin .... camera operator
Mamuka M. Sadov .... best boy electric
Tom Shinn .... third electrician
David Tumblety .... additional electrician
Robin Q. Wolff .... electric swing grip
Samuel S. Arcure .... generator operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (as Meredith Jacobson Marciano)
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting: in-house (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Baldassano .... wardrobe assistant
Neda Pourang .... wardrobe supervisor (as Néda Pourang)
Kim Yellen .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jane Pia Abramowitz .... associate editor
Lori Leigh Adkins .... assistant editor (as Lori Adkins)
Cassie Barasch .... post-production intern
Jason Brodkey .... assistant editor
May Lyle .... post-production assistant
Vincent Mierlak .... post-production assistant
Victoria Plummer .... assistant editor
Woody Richman .... assistant editor (as T. Woody Richman)
Gustavo E. Rodriguez .... post-production assistant (as Gustavo Rodriguez)
Seth I. Shire .... post-production service
Oriana Soddu .... apprentice editor
Monica Su .... post-production intern
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Joshua B. Wolfe .... post-production intern
Bryan Ellenburg .... executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
David Carbonara .... music editor
Deanna Cohen .... soundtrack executive: MCA Records
Chris Cunningham .... musician: guitar
Tony Garnier .... musician: bass
Gerry Gershman .... music supervisor
George Javori .... musician: drums
Angie Ketterman .... music coordinator
Amy Rosen .... music coordinator
Other crew
Eve Applebaum .... production office assistant
Cyril Bectarte .... production office intern
Matthew Blankman .... production office assistant (as Matt Blankman)
Scott Braddock .... assistant: Mr. Wyman
Terrence C. Burke .... production assistant
Garrett Donovan .... assistant: Mr. Hanley
Marcos Durian .... production office intern
Paola Freccero .... publicist
Marc R. Gordon .... production office intern (as Marc Gordon)
Mark R. Herrick .... production assistant
Jeff Huston .... production assistant
Alex R. Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Jonathan Judge .... production assistant
Roger Kass .... legal services
Julian M. Kheel .... production assistant
Jude Kiernan .... production office intern
Suzanne R. La Tulipe .... pre-production accountant
Steve Leroy .... production office intern
Alexandra Levinsohn .... location coordinator: Seneca Falls
Penelope Locke .... script supervisor
Dean Lubensky .... title designer
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service
Tamarat Makonnen .... production assistant
Katie Mcquerrey .... production office intern
Christian Miglio .... location intern
Marinka Modderman .... assistant: Mr. Buscemi
Marinka Modderman .... production assistant
Brian Moriarty .... production office intern
Michael Nathanson .... production office intern
Charlotte Nation .... production office intern
Eric Oden .... production accountant
Alena K. Powell .... production assistant
Gregory L. Qualles .... parking coordinator
Rina Rachman .... production coordinator
Tamra Raven .... production office intern
Guy H. Rocourt II .... production assistant
Tammy Rosen .... assistant: Ms. Silverman
Tammy Rubin .... location intern
Richard Singer .... production office intern
Amanda Slater .... production assistant
John Soran .... craft service assistant
Deborah M. Staab .... location intern (as Debbie Staab)
Rachel Stires .... car wrangler
Robert T. Striem .... assistant location manager
Mark Trzaskowski .... production office intern
Tom Weissler .... teamster captain
Eric Werner .... production office intern
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
Shawn Wilson .... post-production accountant
Daniela Nobili .... dialogue director: Italian (uncredited)
Jim Aldworth .... special thanks
Mark Amitin .... special thanks
Jo Andres .... special thanks
Vincent Ang .... special thanks
Tony Argento .... special thanks
Michael Babcock .... special thanks
Randy Bachman .... special thanks
Carol Sue Baker .... special thanks
Judith Baldwin .... special thanks
Martin Bandier .... special thanks (as Marty Bandier)
Al Banke .... special thanks
Danny Benair .... special thanks
Jonathan Blum .... special thanks
Mark Boone Junior .... special thanks
Carole Broughton .... special thanks
Dorothy Buscemi .... special thanks
John Buscemi .... special thanks
Josephine Buscemi .... dedicatee (as Grandma Josephine Buscemi)
Kenneth Buscemi .... special thanks
Laurie Butler .... special thanks
Bob Campbell .... special thanks
Joe Curly .... special thanks
Louis D'Agostino .... special thanks
James Darcy .... special thanks
Jim Demopoulos .... special thanks
Tom DiCillo .... special thanks
Richard Dooley .... special thanks
Paula Erickson .... special thanks
Andrew Falk .... special thanks
Lisa A. Feldman .... special thanks (as Lisa Feldman)
Art Ford .... special thanks
Lynn Geller .... special thanks
Eddie Gomez .... special thanks
Bob Gosse .... special thanks
H.M. Gousha .... special thanks
Tracy Granger .... special thanks
Wayne Greene .... special thanks
Janet Grey .... special thanks
Thomas S. Gulotta .... special thanks
Jane Holzer .... special thanks
Jim Hovey .... special thanks
Adam Isidore .... special thanks
Rich Kalinsky .... special thanks
Robin Kaye .... special thanks
Bob Knight .... special thanks
Barry Kolsky .... special thanks
Lynne C. Lappin .... dedicatee
Claudia Lewis .... special thanks
Kevin J. Mackay .... special thanks
Daniel Markel .... special thanks (as Dan Markell)
Meredith Marshall .... special thanks
John Massa .... special thanks
Frank Maya .... dedicatee
John McEnerney .... special thanks (as John Mcinerney)
Jonathan McHugh .... special thanks (as Jonathan Mchugh)
Michael McKenna .... special thanks (as Mike McKenna)
Anne Mitchell .... special thanks (as Ann Mitchel)
Suzanne Myers .... special thanks
Mark Nichols .... special thanks
Robert Nichols .... special thanks (as Bob Nichols)
Tom O'Donnell .... special thanks
Jane Oppenheimer .... special thanks
Kenny Patnaude .... special thanks
Christopher Pearce .... special thanks (as Chris Pierce)
Steven Dominic Prestianni .... special thanks (as Steve Prestianni)
Jennifer Pyken .... special thanks
Scott H. Ramsey .... special thanks
Doreen Ringer Ross .... special thanks (as Doreen Ringer Ross)
Cindy Robinson .... special thanks
Julius Robinson .... special thanks
Alexandre Rockwell .... special thanks
Keva Rosenfeld .... special thanks
Jerry Ross .... special thanks
Tom Rowland .... special thanks
Monique Rozendaal .... special thanks
Hillorie Rudolph .... special thanks
Mark Samowitz .... special thanks
Joan Schulman .... special thanks
Tom Score .... special thanks
Pat Scott .... special thanks
E. Shain .... special thanks
Michael Sherwood .... special thanks
Brooke Smith .... special thanks
Clem Snacks .... special thanks
Darius Sollohub .... special thanks
Tim Spitzer .... special thanks
Barry Striem .... special thanks
Patricia Sullivan .... special thanks
Terry Sullivan .... special thanks
Tim Sullivan .... special thanks
Stanley Tucci .... special thanks
John Urso .... dedicatee
Ben Vaughn .... special thanks
Fern Wakneen .... special thanks
Don Was .... special thanks
Seth B. Winner .... special thanks
Bob Wyman .... special thanks (as Robert Wyman)
Lesa-Ann Wyman .... special thanks (as Lesa Ann Wyman)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for plentiful strong language and some drug content
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Tommy reminds Debbie to collect her bag when he is dropping her off, you can see a crew person in corner of screen as well as in the window reflection.See more »
Tommy:No, Jerry is allright. Saved my life once.
Debbie:What, he was gonna kill you but he changed his mind?
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Buscemi Does It All, and He Does It Well, 19 April 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Steve Buscemi has long been one of the premiere character actors in the business; his resume reads like a veritable Who's Who of interesting, complex characters who run the gamut from psycho hit-man to regular guy, all of whom he has brought vividly to life in film after film. And whether or not a particular project is a hit or a flop, Buscemi is always good, and can always be counted upon to add that extra something to any given film, as he has in `Trees Lounge,' an affecting drama he not only stars in, but with which he makes his debut as a writer/director-- and an impressive debut it is.

Tommy Basilio (Buscemi) is an out-of-work mechanic who lives alone above a bar called Trees Lounge in Long Island, N.Y. He's more than a bit down on his luck; not only did he lose his job, but his pregnant girlfriend of eight years, Theresa (Elizabeth Bracco) recently dumped him for his former boss, Rob (Anthony LaPaglia). He wants to pick himself up and get his life back together, but he doesn't seem to know where to start, and the garages to which he's applied for work aren't exactly knocking his door down to hire him. So he gravitates to the Trees, where he can at least interact with others who seem to be in situations not entirely unlike his own, though at different stages and for different reasons. But they all have one thing in common-- they're people just trying to get through the day; they're trying to get through life. If they can only figure it all out.

With this film, Buscemi proves that he is more than just a talented actor, but rather a true artist in every sense of the word, with his chosen medium being film. He has an eye for detail which complements his insights into human nature and enables him to effectively translate his material to the screen. His characters are finely drawn and complex, and with each and every one he manages to successfully avoid the stereotypes to which a setting like this could easily lend itself (and no doubt would, in lesser hands). Even with the minor characters, he succinctly gives you enough of who they are that it allows you to see beneath the surface and know what makes them tick. And he does it imaginatively-- by filling a room with photographs or items that reflect who a certain person is, for example, or simply by training his camera on someone's face and allowing that extra beat that affords the viewer a telling glimpse of what's hiding behind a character's eyes. Buscemi has an innate sense of knowing how to convey what he's trying to say, and he does it in a million small and different ways that are subtle and incisive. Simply put, he knows what works-- including how to get what he wants out of his actors-- and he presents it all with a pace and timing that are right on the mark.

In Tommy, Buscemi creates a character to whom many will be able to relate and identify on any number of different levels. To say that Tommy is a `loser' would be too much of a simplification, because the character is too complex for that tag alone to be accurate. Tommy is blue-collar, down on his luck, and like so many people in real life, just can't seem to put it all together, can't figure out how `life' is supposed to work. And that's what Buscemi conveys so subtly and so well, and it's the key to the success of this character-- it's what makes Tommy believable and real. Obviously, Buscemi knew exactly what he wanted when he wrote this character, and he puts it across with a brilliant, memorable performance which also demonstrates his ability to star in and carry a movie on his own. Certainly, he has a wonderful supporting cast that gives him plenty of help, but few character actors have ever been able to step into a lead role with such facility and achieve the level of success Buscemi has here. And it's work that deserves to be acknowledged.

There are a number of notable supporting performances in this film, as well, beginning with Mark Boone Junior, who as Mike captures the essence of a guy who is successful, but a loser nonetheless; LaPaglia, who gives a solid performance as Rob; Bracco, with a performance that is introspectively revealing; Debi Mazar, who with very little screen time leaves an indelible impression (and her eyes are absolutely mesmerizing); Kevin Corrigan (another of the finest character actors around), as Matthew; and especially Chloe Sevigny, as Debbie, Theresa's mature-beyond-her-years, seventeen-year-old niece.

Rounding out the ensemble cast are Carol Kane (Connie), Bronson Dudley (Bill), Michael Buscemi (Steve's real life brother, playing Tommy's brother, Raymond), Suzanne Shepherd (Jackie), Rockets Redglare (Stan), Seymour Cassel (Uncle Al), Annette Arnold (Sandy), Michael Imperioli (George), Mimi Rogers (Patty), Daniel Baldwin (Jerry) and Charles Newmark (Puck). An involving story presented with a rich assortment of memorable, convincing characters, `Trees Lounge' is a drama about life-- about the things going on in your own neighborhood, or downtown or two streets over, no matter where you are in the world. Wherever people are, there are situations like the ones depicted in this film, problems that have to be solved and life that has to be lived. And that's what makes this film so good; it gives the audience a chance to connect with, or at least examine, things that anyone anywhere will be able to recognize. It may have taken a collaborative effort to make this one what it is, but in the end, it's Buscemi's film from start to finish, and a satisfying little gem of a movie it is. And that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 8/10.

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