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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinner Rush - Killer zum Dessert See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,000, 30 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$110,000, 30 September 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Connections

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

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Stinky Stinky Ashtray
Written by Svante Loden, Mans Block and Mans Mernsten
Performed by Damn!
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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Precious Like Some Rare Wine!
2 September 2003 | by demunfallopferseinefrauSee all my reviews

"Dinner Rush" has not been released in Germany --- which usually indicates a not very successful B-movie... In this case, it is a B-movie (shot in only 21 days!), but, uuhhh baby, it is one of the best B-movies ever made.

Elegant camera movements, a superb ensemble cast (Danny Aiello, John Corbett, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Sandra Bernhard, Mark Margolis, and beautiful Summer Phoenix), an intriguing story, marvelously directed ... they usually don't make movies like that anymore. Bob Giraldi did an excellent job with his actors, and production designer Andrew Bernard created a stunning atmosphere.

"Dinner Rush" ranks among my all-time favorite films. It might be not suitable for everyone, but then, what movie is? It's an entertaining, witty, thoughtful portrayal of New York of the millennium --- enchanting!


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