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BIG NIGHT

SYNOPSIS:
Heartwarming yet bittersweet story of two brothers in search of the American dream. Primo and Secondo Pilaggi are Italian immigrants who settle on the New Jersey shore and open a restaurant, the Paradise, hoping to strike it rich. On the very edge of failure, the brothers learn that the famous Italian-American musician Louis Prima is performing nearby. They hope that a ‘big night’ built around such a celebrity will bring publicity. The brothers pool their talent, energy and all their money to plan a sumptuous banquet of unsurpassed ambition. What follows is a culinary adventure that will teach them a lot about themselves, each other, and their different definitions of life, love and success.

"Big Night is a gentle film - it is the kind of cinematic experience that is most appreciated once digested. It is a film where plot takes a back seat, so characters and atmosphere can take the centre stage. Where nuance and observation are satisfying to the utmost. The ingredients: a sensitive script, outstanding performances and stunning production design. Through the art of cuisine, we learn about the characters, aspirations and loves of brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci). Primo is the passionate chef, to whom perfection and art in cuisine is everything. Secondo is pragmatic and willing to compromise for survival. He is willing to cheat on being a purist, just as he cheats with the wife of his restaurant competitor. Isabella Rossellini is terrific as his mistress. Shalhoub and Tucci are magic together. There is an underlying tension throughout the emotional journey taken by the brothers which comes to a dramatic climax on the beach, late at night, after the dinner of all dinners. The scene delivers such emotional force that it almost shocks. Perhaps the impact is so great, because the lead up and building of characters is such a slow process. There is a lot to appreciate in Big Night, including a moody soundtrack. But most of all, food lovers will salivate and enjoy the passion with which the scrumptious dishes are presented; the food, like the entire film, appears to be a labour of love."
Louise Keller

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Secondo and Primo


Primo greets Ann, while Secondo looks on


Giving the customers what they want

BIG NIGHT (M)
(US)

 

CAST: Marc Anthony, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Larry Block Caroline Aaron, Andrew Belgrader, Minnie Driver, Peter McRobbie, Isabella Rossellini, Live Schreiber

DIRECTORS: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci

PRODUCER: Jonathan Filley

SCRIPT: Joseph Tropiano, Stanley Tucci

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ken Kelsch

EDITOR: Suzy Elmiger

MUSIC: Gary DeMichele

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Andrew Jackness

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 22, 1997

 







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