Dinner Rush (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  29 March 2002 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Cropa
Gary Lieberman
Frank Bongiorno ...
Enrico Coventie
Lexie Sperduto ...
Lucy Clemente
Carmen (as Mike McGlone)
Walt MacPherson ...
Natalie Clemente
Chef Udo Cropa
Nicole Chan
Ademir the Matre'd
Andre Haynes Richarson ...
Machine (as Andre Richardson Haynes)
Marti Wellington


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.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dinner Rush - Killer zum Dessert  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$17,072 (Hong Kong) (7 March 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was filmed in only 21 days. See more »


The bartender takes patrons money during a trivia game giving credit to George Washington Carver as the inventor of peanut butter however it was Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson who patented it in 1884. See more »


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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Written by Ricardo Arango (as R. Arango)
Performed by Los Cubaztecas
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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A masterpiece in execution
23 January 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Fan a fresh deck of cards with the spots up and the coherence is immediately apparent. Shuffle the deck and coherence is lost...the purpose of the shuffle. In "Dinner Rush", Giraldi and company manage to shuffle a deck of plots, personal issues, and cuisine with the controlled chaos of a restaurant during the dinner rush while never losing coherence, building characters and stories, and wrapping everything up with a bow in just over 1.5 hours. Masterfully crafted, "Dinner Rush" has a story to tell, offers solid performances, works well in claustrophobic conditions, sports a cosmopolitan cast, and is imbued with gourmet cooking and an ever present taste of "the Big Apple". Not for everyone, this flick will appeal most to those who can appreciate a film as much for its execution and style as for its story. (B+)

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