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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Connie
... Mike
... Tommy
Bronson Dudley ... Bill
... Rob (as Anthony Lapaglia)
... Raymond
... Theresa
... Johnny
Steven Randazzo ... Vic
... Jackie
Rockets Redglare ... Stan
... Harry
... Crystal
... Marie
Richard Boes ... Freddie
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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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Rated R for plentiful strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,830, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

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$695,229
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About eight minutes in, just before Tommy (Steve Buscemi) drives up to the garage, where he has dialogue with Johnny the mechanic (John Ventimiglia) about his car's problem, he passes a parking lot. Walking towards the lot are three men wearing dark suits walking together in the distance. It was originally thought of as Buscemi's homage to his first big movie role, Reservoir Dogs (1992), but when asked, Buscemi said it was just a coincidence. See more »

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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 »

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Debbie: Do you have any friends?
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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HOLD YOUR HEAD UP
Written by Rod Argent & Chris White
Performed by Aster Argent
Under license from Verulam Music Co. Ltd. for the World
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music licensing
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I wouldn't associate with any of these folks
8 April 2004 | by See 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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