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Trees Lounge (1996)

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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".

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Steve Buscemi

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Steve Buscemi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Kane ... Connie
Mark Boone Junior ... Mike
Steve Buscemi ... Tommy
Bronson Dudley Bronson Dudley ... Bill
Anthony LaPaglia ... Rob (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Michael Buscemi ... Raymond
Elizabeth Bracco ... Theresa
John Ventimiglia ... Johnny
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... Vic
Suzanne Shepherd ... Jackie
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Stan
Joe Lisi ... Harry
Debi Mazar ... Crystal
Eszter Balint ... Marie
Richard Boes Richard Boes ... Freddie
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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>

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

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trees Lounge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,830, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$749,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$749,741
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the eighth time Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Junior worked together. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry: Can you help you?
Tommy: Yeah, I was in here last week, I left my number. I was just wondering if you found a mechanic yet.
Harry: No, not yet.
Tommy: Because I'm available, I mean I know you're probably still looking at other possibilities but I can start anytime.
Harry: I remember you. Where's your car?
Tommy: My car?
Harry: Yeah, when you drove away from here last week your car stalled out down the block, it took you 25 minutes to get it started.
Tommy: I know, it's a piece of shit. But I've got it running pretty good now.
Harry: So how come ...
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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LITTLE BROWN JUG
Written by Joseph Winner (as Joseph E. Winner)
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I wouldn't associate with any of these folks
8 April 2004 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Excellent film dealing with a group of unhappy people who drown their sorrows in booze, powder, and sex. The chief sorrowmeister, Tommy, was a pathetic loser who spent inordinate amounts of time swilling beer and shots in a shabby bar which boasted a temperamental barkeep, a postage stamp sized men's room, and one table. When not turning his liver into plywood Tommy halfheartedly attempts to find work as a mechanic but winds up driving his uncle's ice cream wagon and getting in over his head with a troubled teen on the verge of bolting from daddy's violent household. A sad picture for sure, but I couldn't help laughing out loud at some of these characters' antics. A very fine movie depicting a realistic looking slice of the ugly side of our human existence.


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