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Dinner Rush (2000)

Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective ... See full summary »

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Louis Cropa
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Gary Lieberman
Frank Bongiorno ...
Enrico Coventie
Lexie Sperduto ...
Lucy Clemente
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Adrian
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Paolo
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Carmen (as Mike McGlone)
Walt MacPherson ...
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Natalie Clemente
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Chef Udo Cropa
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Nicole Chan
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Gabriel
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Ademir the Matre'd
Andre Haynes Richarson ...
Machine (as Andre Richardson Haynes)
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Marti Wellington
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Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the balcony rival bookmaker gangsters from Queens who want to become partners in the restaurant; in the corner renowned food critic 'the food nymph' is her usual demanding self; and at the bar, seemingly unnoticed, is Ken. As the evening continues enter Duncan, inveterate gambler and sous-chef on-the-line in the frenetic kitchen downstairs, who acts as the catalyst that causes the evening to draw to its inevitable, explosive, deadly conclusion. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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29 March 2002 (UK)  »

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Dinner Rush - Killer zum Dessert  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$110,000 (USA) (28 September 2001)

Gross:

$110,000 (USA) (28 September 2001)
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Was filmed in only 21 days. See more »

Goofs

As soon as the lights come back on in the restaurant, the bartender is seen yanking his flashlight off his wrist. A few seconds later in a close-up, he is seen taking it off again and setting it behind the bar. See more »

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Udo Cropa: There are only three proper responses when I say something to you: "Yes chef," "No chef," "I don't know chef."
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For the Silver Fox See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best of 2001 (2002) See more »

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Night Out
Written by Blue Plate Special
Performed by Blue Plate Special
Courtesy of Slimstyle Records
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Delicious Slice of One Night of NY Restaurant Life
28 October 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Dinner Rush" will inevitably be compared to "Big Night," and other food preparation/restaurant movies, but I think it holds its own as a delicious slice of one night of New York life. As one character plotzes: "When did eating out become theater?"

The wonderful, winsome multi-ethnic ensemble of mostly New York actors --many born in Brooklyn according to the IMDb--who have done a lot of TV work are clearly enjoying making a movie as a coordinated team. Danny Aiello has his best, and somewhat similar, role since "City Hall."

Many of the references may go over the heads of those West of the Hudson or East of the East River, whether to Tribeca (as a newly trendy neighborhood) or Danny Meyer (restaurant entrepreneur). Or even the digs at Queens as the home of mobsters, which were greeted by silence by the Queens audience I saw it with.

The upstairs/downstairs of the kitchen scrambles vs. the dining pleasures and everyone's personal spices are lots of fun. The actors playing obnoxious customers, like Sandra Bernhard, do so with relish but not overplayed.

Keep your palate clear by not looking at the ad campaign or reading the reviews, as I think they give the plot away and I was totally surprised by the ending, er, the dessert.

(originally written 9/29/2001)


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