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
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Anthony LaPaglia & Debi Mazar have both starred in So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993), Empire Records (1995) & Trees Lounge (1996). See more »
When Tommy reminds Debbie to collect her bag as he is dropping her off, a crew member is visible in the corner of the screen as well as in the window reflection. See more »
[Tommy is immitating Marlon Brando from "On the Waterfront"]
I coulda been somebody, instead of just an ice cream truck driver, which is what I am, let's face it.
Who was that, Jerry Lewis?
Jerry Lewis? You thought that was Jerry Lewis?
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This semi-biographical tale centres around a down on his luck, yet charismatic bar fly, set on his way to self destruction. Buscemi'second self directed/penned feature is slower paced than some might expect. This in no way detracts from the overall brilliance and charm that trees lounge conveys. Tommy's character, while on the surface, demands both pity and sympathy. It's in his anti-heroic attributes ie. selfishness and callousness, that make the film so human and believable. American releases as passionate and warm as Trees Lounge do not come around as often anymore, with only The Station Agent coming close. So enjoy.
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