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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

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bizim kafe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,830, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,229
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Chase used the same casting directors, Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe, in The Sopranos (1999) after seeing this film. Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), Suzanne Shepherd (Mary De Angelis), and Elizabeth Bracco (Marie Spatafore) appeared on The Sopranos (1999). 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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Referenced in Poolhall Junkies (2002) See more »

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LITTLE BROWN JUG
Written by Joseph Winner (as Joseph E. Winner)
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Kind Of Depressing
7 August 2002 | by alexduffy2000See all my reviews

Steve Buscemi plays a loser who hangs around a bar called the Trees Lounge, who keeps making his own life worse. He picks fights with his friends, loses jobs, and generally gets drunk and gets into trouble. There's a great scene where Buscemi takes a job as an ice-cream truck driver, he's completely the wrong person to do the job. Still, the movie doesn't really have many happy or fun moments, it's the portrayal of a guy who just doesn't care anymore and wants to spend his time hanging around a bar with a bunch of other regulars with no aim in life but the next drink. This movie is not as fun, clever, interesting or memorable as it could have been, it's hard to care about any of the characters, they live such boring, banal lives, and there aren't any quotable lines in the movie. It is worth watching once, however.


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