Big Night

Drama | English and Italian with English subtitles | 107 minutes


Primo and Secondo, two Italian immigrant brothers, are the owners of Paradise, a struggling Italian restaurant on the New Jersey shore.  Primo is the brilliant, perfectionist chef while Secondo handles the business side. Few patrons are coming as the restaurant’s homegrown specialties are not popular. Feeling depressed, Secondo has trouble committing to his girlfriend Phyllis while having an affair with Gabriella. Trying to keep the restaurant afloat, Secondo asks his Italian competitor Pascal for a loan. Pascal refuses  Secondo’s request but, to help out, he tells Secondo  he’ll invite Louis Prima, the popular jazz musician, to dinner at the Paradise. Thrilled with the opportunity, the brothers make a mad effort to create the perfect evening with Primo preparing his best dishes. It could be a life-changing night for the brothers. Will they be able to please Louis Prima? Will the restaurant survive? The brothers hope it will be the titular Big Night. 

Stanley Tucci (Secondo) / Tony Shalhoub (Primo) / Ian Holm (Pascal) / Minnie Driver (Phyllis) / Isabella Rossellini (Gabriella)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s a classic film of immigrants pursuing the American dream. But what sets Big Night apart from  others on the same subject, is the heartfelt  love and devotion of  the two brothers.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 80
  • Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Best Screenplay (Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best First Film; Nominated, Best Supporting Actor (Tony Shalhoub)
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards: Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Minnie Driver)
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Screenplay (Stanley Tucci, Joseph Tropiano)
As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, BIG NIGHT is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.
Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and sensual wringer. It’s a film of great wisdom and delight.
Roger Ebert

Stanley Tucci’s surprise cinematic brainchild fills you up with its audacious originality.
Mike Clark

USA Today



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