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Rita Kempley - Style section, "A scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions."


Desson Howe - Weekend section, "A subtle, amusing saga."


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'Big Night'

Scene from this movie When immigrants Primo and Secondo set up their small Italian restaurant, Paradise, theyíre faced with daunting competition. This Jersey shore community is dominated by a tacky meatball-and-spaghetti establishment run by sleazy owner Pascal. It caters to the simplistic view of Italian food.

Paradise, clearly, is in trouble. In fact, the restaurant will face foreclosure by the end of the month if drastic action isnít taken. Without the Paradise, the brothers will be resigned to working for Pascal or returning to Italy. When he hears famed Italian-American music star Louis Prima is playing in the area, Secondo decides to create a publicity-engendering "big night" in the singerís honor at the restaurant. -- Desson Howe
Rated R


Director: Stanley Tucci; Campbell Scott
Cast: Stanley Tucci; Campbell Scott;
Tony Shalhoub; Isabella Rossellini;
Ian Holm; Minnie Driver
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Filmographies: Stanley Tucci; Campbell Scott;
Isabella Rossellini