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New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.

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Cristiano
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Primo
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Secondo
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Man in Restaurant
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Woman in Restaurant
Andre Belgrader ...
Stash (as Andrei Belgrader)
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Phyllis
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Loan Officer
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Gabriella
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Leo
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Alberto N. Pisani
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Woman Singer
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Charlie
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Pascal
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Ann
Tina Bruno ...
Ida
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Chubby
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Man on Truck
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Bob
Karen Shallo ...
Chubby's Wife
Alvaleta Guess ...
Lenore
Tamar Kotoske ...
Dean
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Father O'Brien
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Joan
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Natalie (as Dina Spybey)
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Jameson
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Campbell Scott
Stanley Tucci

Written by

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Stanley Tucci ... (written by) &
Joseph Tropiano ... (written by)

Produced by

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Elizabeth W. Alexander ... associate producer (as Elizabeth Alexander)
Jonathan Filley ... producer
David Paul Kirkpatrick ... executive producer (as David Kirkpatrick)
Peter Liguori ... associate producer
Oliver Platt ... associate producer
Keith Samples ... executive producer
Campbell Scott ... co-producer
Stanley Tucci ... co-producer

Music by

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Gary DeMichele

Cinematography by

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Ken Kelsch ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Suzy Elmiger

Editorial Department

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Armando Fente ... assistant editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Kent McGrew ... color timer
Beth Moran ... editing intern
Zeborah Tidwell ... associate editor

Casting By

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Ellen Lewis

Production Design by

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Andrew Jackness

Art Direction by

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Jeffrey D. McDonald
David Stein

Set Decoration by

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Susan Raney

Costume Design by

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Juliet Polcsa ... (as Juliet A. Polcsa)

Makeup Department

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Scott W. Farley ... key hair stylist (as Scott Farley)
Patricia Grande ... assistant hair stylist (as Patricia Grand)
Anthony Gueli ... assistant hair stylist (as Tony Gueli)
Todd Kleitsch ... additional makeup artist
Linda Lazar ... assistant makeup artist
Neal Martz ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Diana Schmidt ... production manager
Charlie Vogel ... post-production supervisor: Post Productions Inc.

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Carla Bowen ... second assistant director
Peggy Craven ... additional second assistant director
Lynn K. D'Angona ... first assistant director (as Lynn d'Angona)
Liz McGregor ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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William Armstrong ... scenic artist
Diane Bishop ... food stylist assistant
Robert Covelman ... property master
Robert Dillon ... key carpenter (as Bob Dillon)
Deborah J. DiSabatino ... food stylist
Midge Duffy ... assistant property master
Stephen Finkin ... set dresser (as Steve Finkin)
Edward Gangloff ... carpentry foreman (as Ed Gangloff)
Joseph Garzero ... charge scenic (as Joe Garzero)
Jim Gilmartin ... scenic artist (as James B. Gilmartin)
Donna Hamilton ... assistant set decorator
Mark Horstmann ... construction coordinator
Ross Huttick ... additional property
Akeo Ihara ... shop production assistant
Miguel Jimenez ... shop electrician (as Miguel Jiminez)
Nicole Katz ... art department coordinator
Philip Kennedy ... scenic artist (as Phillip Kennedy)
Ron Mingalone ... additional property
Beth Moran ... art department production assistant
Ed Newins Jr. ... key construction grip (as Ed Newins)
Liam E. O'Rourke ... second construction grip
Gerard H. Pineo ... lead man
Steve Scanlon ... set dresser (as Stephen E. Scanlon)
Andrea Teicher ... food stylist assistant
John Wolanczyk ... scenic artist (as John P. Wolanczyk)
Harriet Zucker ... assistant set decorator

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah ... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Mick Gormaley ... assistant sound editor
Kenton Jakub ... adr editor
Dan Korintus ... dialogue editor
George Leong ... boom operator
Julie Lindner ... assistant sound editor
Sylvia Menno ... dialogue editor
Richard Murphy ... utility cable (as Rich Murphy)
Eliza Paley ... supervising sound editor
Glenfield Payne ... sound effects editor
Bruce Pross ... foley engineer
William Sarokin ... sound mixer
Steven Visscher ... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Connie Brink ... special effects

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Douglas Crosby ... stunts
Susan Trout ... stunts
Blaise Corrigan ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Larry Banks ... camera operator: "b" camera
Peter Clark ... additional grip
John Clifford ... still photographer
Patrick Cousins ... electrician (as Pat Cousins)
Dan Denitto ... dolly grip (as Daniel De Nitto)
Jim Denny ... additional electrician
Joseph Donohue ... company grip (as Joseph Donohue III)
Andrea Dorman ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Drellich ... camera operator
Samuel G. Friedman ... lamp operator (as Samuel Friedman)
Jim Galvin ... lamp operator
Pedro Hernández ... best boy grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Robert Kummert ... key grip (as Rob Kummert)
Dennis A. Livesey ... first assistant camera (as Dennis Livesey)
Paul Loret ... additional grip
Charlie McNamara ... chief lighting technician (as Charlie 'Gigi' McNamara)
Noah Prince ... generator operator
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Johnny Santiago ... additional grip
Anthony Santos ... additional electrician (as Tony Santos)
Jennifer Stuart ... camera trainee
Phil Testa ... assistant lighting technician
Stephen Treadway ... second assistant camera (as Steve Treadway)
Phil Cohen ... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Jim Denault ... additional electrician (uncredited)
Phil Testa ... best boy electric (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting
Marcia DeBonis ... casting associate (as Marcia Bebonis)
Elisabeth Rudolph ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marie Abma ... costume assistant
Susan Carrano ... assistant to costume designer
Elizabeth Feldbauer ... wardrobe supervisor
Irene Feldbauer ... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Krauthamer ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Larry Horodner ... location production assistant
Sam Hutchins ... location manager
Gary van der Meer ... location assistant (as Gary L. van der Meer)
Rose Viggiano ... location production assistant (as Rosie Viggiano)
Tom Yeager ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Bradley Ard ... musician
Steve Borne ... music editor
Chris Collins ... musician
Margot Core ... music supervisor
Gary DeMichele ... musician
Glenn DeMichele ... musician
David Gordon ... music recording engineer / musician
Jeffrey Mickus ... musician
Henry Salgado ... musician
Gary DeMichele ... arranger (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Lisa Katcher ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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David Babcock ... driver (as David J. Babcock)
Theodor A. Brown ... transportation captain (as Ted Brown)
Joseph Buonocore ... driver (as Joseph Buonocore Jr.)
Kenny Gaskins ... transportation co-captain
Gerard Maggio ... driver
Charlie Murphy ... driver
Charles Spillane ... driver

Additional Crew

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Marc David Alpert ... production assistant (as Marc Alpert)
Eva Barnes ... dialect coach
Hélène Cardona ... stand-in (as Helene Cardona)
Justin Daly ... production assistant
Michael Del Rio ... stand-in
Jill Footlick ... production coordinator
Lisa Horne ... assistant: Mr. Tucci and Mr. Scott
Marty Houston ... production assistant
Andrea Isaacs ... production accountant
Jon M. Johnson ... parking
Kimberly Jones ... production assistant (as Kim Jones)
Harley Kaplan ... stand-in
Daniel Kaufman ... stand-in (as Dan Kaufman)
Valerie Livingston ... production assistant
Pamela Mathis ... title designer: The Effects House Inc.
Mary Kate McCormick ... assistant production coordinator
Andrew McDade ... production assistant (as Andrew 'Ace' McDade)
Frank McKenna ... craft service (as Francis J. McKenna)
Michael McKenna ... craft service (as Michael J. McKenna)
Frances N. Murdock ... assistant: Mr. Filley
Cristopher Novick ... production assistant (as Chris Novick)
Lynn Reich ... production assistant
Brad Rivers ... assistant: Mr. Samples
Judy Rossi ... assistant: Mr. Kirkpatrick
Shea Rowan ... production assistant
Gianni Scappin ... culinary consultant
George Sheanshang ... production attorney (as George Sheanshang Esq.)
Karen Sibrava ... stand-in
Alberto Sterling ... security officer (as Alberto 'Louis' Sterling)
Dale C. Todd ... assistant accountant
Mark Urman ... unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates
Eric Van Alstyne ... stand-in
Justin Vanson ... production assistant
Michael Ventresco ... title designer: main titles
Andrew Vogliano ... production assistant
Christopher Wyllie ... production secretary
Gabrielle Bourne ... distribution coordinator (uncredited)
Vernon Guinn ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ned Haspel ... Business Affairs (uncredited)
Michael Wolinski ... office production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Robert Altman ... special thanks
Jo Andres ... special thanks (as Jo Buscemi)
Marchesi Antivari ... special thanks
Elizabeth Bracco ... special thanks (as Lizzie Quinn)
Steve Buscemi ... special thanks
Hanna Cox ... special thanks
Hope Davis ... special thanks
Alex Draper ... special thanks
Jeffrey Face ... special thanks
Victorio Giacomenti ... special thanks
Richard Glavin ... special thanks
Darryl Jefferson ... special thanks
Walker Jones ... special thanks
Olek Krupa ... special thanks
Maddalena Lampariello ... special thanks
Michael McCormick ... special thanks
Robert Pepitone ... special thanks
Aidan Quinn ... special thanks
Andrew Raffetto ... special thanks: The Raffetto Pasta Corp.
Liev Schreiber ... special thanks
Ira Senz ... special thanks
Joan Tucci ... special thanks
Kate Tucci ... special thanks (as Kate)
Stanley V. Tucci ... special thanks (as Stanley Tucci)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Primo and Secondo are two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in America. Primo is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth front-man, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons other than a poor artist who pays with his paintings. The owner of the nearby Pascal's restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre fare), offers a solution, he will call his friend, a big-time jazz musician, to play a special benefit at their restaurant. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, a feast of a lifetime, for the brothers' big night. Written by Tad Dibbern

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Taglines In love and life, one big night can change everything. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Grande Nuit (France)
  • Big Night - Nacht der Genüsse (Germany)
  • Big night: una gran noche (Spain, Castilian title)
  • A Grande Noite (Brazil)
  • Big Night - italialainen ilta (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,100,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $185,942, 22 Sep 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia Stanley Tucci co-wrote this movie, because he wanted a decent part for himself. See more »
Goofs In the final scene of the "big night" dinner the wine bottles across the table and in the kitchen with Secondo all have the trademark pink DOCG label on the bottle stem. The DOCG pink label was released in Italy only in the 1990s; the movie is set in the 1950s. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The First Wives Club/Big Night/Surviving Picasso/Last Man Standing/Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Stornelli Amorosi See more »
Quotes Primo: To eat good food is to be close to God.
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