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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

Steve Buscemi once was an actual ice cream truck driver, on the streets where his character is shown driving such a truck. See more »

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During the opening credits, an old man at the bar orders a large glass of liquor, filled with ice. In the next shot, there's no ice in the glass. However, this is a deliberate technique by the director to indicate the passing of time at Trees Lounge. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Everybody's fucked up, but nobody wants anybody else to think they are, but everybody knows they are anyway.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

THAT WOMAN'S GOT ME DRINKING
Written by Shane MacGowan
Performed by Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Published by Shane MacGowan, Perfect Songs Ltd. and SPZ Music Inc.
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Hats off to Buscemi
28 September 2004 | by JoeyStobartSee all my reviews

Watched this with some trepidation, having seen the absolutely excellent trailer. So few movies live up to their trailers, especially indies. Anxiety increased by having read Buscemi's fairly harrowing account of making the film in one of those 'The Directors' books.

Shouldn't have worried. Great flick. Totally engrossing, especially to a *cough* former *cough* barfly like myself. Beautifully understated, funny, very sad, nicely paced and Buscemi very wisely NOT trying to dominate every scene, although he certainly dominates the movie.

Movie appears on first sight plot less but actually it isn't at all: Buscemi's search for a second chance to escape from the morass of his own making is riveting. Everyone involved seems to have had a good time and the beautifully relaxed performances are the reward. Only the two knucklehead goombahs fall below the otherwise uniformly excellent level.

A real treat, and thoroughly watchable-again able. My DVD was in TV format, which sucked, but otherwise the low budget doesn't really intrude.

Nearest movie to it I can think of offhand is KILLING OF A Chinese BOOKIE. Radically different subject matter but similar bittersweet texture.

A slightly, but only slightly, generous 9/10 from me.


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