Big Night

Set vaguely in the early '60s, this tale of immigrant brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), and the fancy dinner for Louis Prima they hope will save their failing restaurant, is just the kind of "little movie" reviewers overpraise. Why? Because they're sick to death of bloated star vehicles and spine-rattling action pictures. Codirected...read more

Where to Watch

Available to Stream

Rating:

Set vaguely in the early '60s, this tale of immigrant brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), and the fancy dinner for Louis Prima they hope will save their failing restaurant, is just the kind of "little movie" reviewers overpraise. Why? Because

they're sick to death of bloated star vehicles and spine-rattling action pictures. Codirected by Tucci and Campbell Scott, it's an actor's picture in the best and worst senses of the term: Performance is everything (these performances are uniformly good) and individual scenes are sharply observed

and subtly staged. But the script is shapeless and it all goes on far too long. How many ways do we need to be shown that Primo, whose risotto is a symphony of subtle flavors, is an artist, while rival restaurateur Pascal (Ian Holm) is a (hugely successful) sellout who slops sticky spaghetti on an

oversized plate because that's what the American barbarians want? Isabella Rossellini is a vision in a series of satin cocktail dresses, and the creations that pour forth from Primo's kitchen should boost business at local Italian eateries wherever the movie is shown.

Cast & Details See all »

  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Set vaguely in the early '60s, this tale of immigrant brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), and the fancy dinner for Louis Prima they hope will save their failing restaurant, is just the kind of "little movie" reviewers overpraise. Wh… (more)

Show More »