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I recently watched Big Night, a 1996 film starring Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci. The two brothers come to New York in the 1950s to open an Italian restaurant. Pimo (played by Shalhoub) is a master chef who is all about the artistry and perfection of food. Secondo (Tucci) is all about the money.
The food may be wonderful, but New Yorkers are not beating down the doors to eat at the brothers' restaurant. Just as they are about to go broke, they get a chance to cook for a famous jazz musician. Will they be a success? Have they been set up?
The all-star cast of this independent film includes Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini. The acting is great, but the movie starts off quite slowly. I loved the food scenes, although they were not quite enough to make me love the film. The movie did, however, make me crave Italian food!