May 27, 2021

BAPL Film Club – Big Night (1996)

Date(s) - 05/27/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey in the 1950s. However, Primo’s authentic food is too unfamiliar for the local tastes, and the restaurant is struggling. When famous Italian-American bandleader Louis Prima is scheduled to appear at Paradise, the two brothers put all of their efforts into the important meal, which will likely decide the fate of their restaurant. Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci.

Each month we pick a culturally significant film for library patrons to watch on Kanopy. Watch the film on your own time, then meet with our virtual film club to discuss the film on Zoom. Registration is required.  Last day to register is May 25th. Email invitations for Zoom will be sent out the day prior to the event. Please check your email spam folder or call the library if you do not see the event invite.

Big Night movie review & film summary (1996) | Roger Ebert



Entertainment Weekly’s review. Accessed April 30, 2021.

Roger Ebert’s review. Accessed April 30, 2021.

The New York Times review from the “New Directors/New Films series.” Accessed April 30, 2021.


The Guardian’s look at how the film influenced the restaurant industry. Accessed April 30, 2021.

The Film Yap’s detailed look at the film, with embedded clips. Accessed April 30, 2021.

Video Interview

Katie Derham talks to Stanley Tucci about his directorial debut, Big Night. From 10th February 1997. Accessed April 30, 2021.


Bookings are closed for this event.