Big Night Poster

Release Date: September 20th, 1996

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 1998

R|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey. However, Primo's authentic food is too unfamiliar for the local tastes, and the restaurant is struggling. When famous Italian-American bandleader Louis Prima is scheduled to appear at Paradise, the two brothers put all of their efforts into the important meal, which will likely decide the fate of their restaurant.

Cast: Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Allison Janney, Caroline Aaron

Director: Campbell Scott , Stanley Tucci

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Rysher Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

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  • May not have the size and grandeur of some of the biographical and political epics being released this fall, but I defy you to find a better written, more honest -- or yes, more satisfying and delicious -- movie this year. [27 September 1996, Friday, p.C]

  • By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight. show more

  • Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion. show more

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