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Dinner Rush (2000)

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At a popular NYC Italian restaurant on a dramatic, busy evening, there are 2 gangsters, cop detective, food-critic, ex bookmaker owner, his chef son, indebted gambler sous-chef etc.

Director:

Bob Giraldi

Writers:

Rick Shaughnessy, Brian S. Kalata (as Brian Kalata)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Louis Cropa
John Rothman ... Gary Lieberman
Frank Bongiorno Frank Bongiorno ... Enrico Coventie
Lexie Sperduto Lexie Sperduto ... Lucy Clemente
Zainab Jah ... Adrian
Alex Corrado ... Paolo
Michael McGlone ... Carmen (as Mike McGlone)
Walt MacPherson Walt MacPherson ... Detective Drury
Polly Draper ... Natalie Clemente
Edoardo Ballerini ... Chef Udo Cropa
Vivian Wu ... Nicole Chan
Manny Perez ... Gabriel
Ajay Naidu ... Ademir the Matre'd
Andre Haynes Richarson Andre Haynes Richarson ... Machine (as Andre Richardson Haynes)
Summer Phoenix ... Marti Wellington
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Storyline

Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective and his wife specially invited by the owner; on the balcony rival bookmaker gangsters from Queens who want to become partners in the restaurant; in the corner renowned food critic 'the food nymph' is her usual demanding self; and at the bar, seemingly unnoticed, is Ken. As the evening continues enter Duncan, inveterate gambler and sous-chef on-the-line in the frenetic kitchen downstairs, who acts as the catalyst that causes the evening to draw to its inevitable, explosive, deadly conclusion. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director Bob Giraldi is actually the owner of the restaurant "Gigino" where the movie takes place. See more »

Goofs

As soon as the lights come back on in the restaurant, the bartender is seen yanking his flashlight off his wrist. A few seconds later in a close-up, he is seen taking it off again and setting it behind the bar. See more »

Quotes

[Udo spies Duncan cooking sausage and peppers on the stove]
Udo Cropa: What's that smell?
Duncan: Huh?
Udo Cropa: What's that smell?
Duncan: I stink.
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For the Silver Fox See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2001 (2001) See more »

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Wack Wack
Written by Isaac Holt, Donald Storball, Hysear Walker and Eldee Young
Performed by The Young Holt Trio
Courtesy of Brunswick Records
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Delicious Slice of One Night of NY Restaurant Life
28 October 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Dinner Rush" will inevitably be compared to "Big Night," and other food preparation/restaurant movies, but I think it holds its own as a delicious slice of one night of New York life. As one character plotzes: "When did eating out become theater?"

The wonderful, winsome multi-ethnic ensemble of mostly New York actors --many born in Brooklyn according to the IMDb--who have done a lot of TV work are clearly enjoying making a movie as a coordinated team. Danny Aiello has his best, and somewhat similar, role since "City Hall."

Many of the references may go over the heads of those West of the Hudson or East of the East River, whether to Tribeca (as a newly trendy neighborhood) or Danny Meyer (restaurant entrepreneur). Or even the digs at Queens as the home of mobsters, which were greeted by silence by the Queens audience I saw it with.

The upstairs/downstairs of the kitchen scrambles vs. the dining pleasures and everyone's personal spices are lots of fun. The actors playing obnoxious customers, like Sandra Bernhard, do so with relish but not overplayed.

Keep your palate clear by not looking at the ad campaign or reading the reviews, as I think they give the plot away and I was totally surprised by the ending, er, the dessert.

(originally written 9/29/2001)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Danie dnia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,000, 30 September 2001

Gross USA:

$634,566

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$933,740
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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