Big Night (1996)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.




  • Isabella Rossellini in Big Night (1996)
  • Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci in Big Night (1996)
  • Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci in Big Night (1996)
  • Minnie Driver and Stanley Tucci in Big Night (1996)
  • Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci in Big Night (1996)
  • Co-director Campbell Scott appears with Isabella Rosellini at dinner celebrating the "Big Night."

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28 March 2006 | Nog
| A great "little" film
After having looked over my reviews on IMDb, I noticed that only one of them was enthusiastic. That should be rectified, since I consider myself a big fan of cinema, and I choose as my second enthusiastic recommendation Big Night. This is one of those films that doesn't have to show off. It's a slice of life sort of thing going on here, with an assortment of people with strengths and faults, but who all value life's simple pleasures, like good food. It's a story about the underdogs , and their hopes and dreams and struggles -- some within reach, some not. It's got a good cast too. They all make it look easy, but they have a charming script and careful direction. I think Billy Wilder would have approved. At turns funny and touching, and the last scene -- several minutes without a word of dialogue -- is pure gold.

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$4,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,749 22 September 1996

Gross USA:


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