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Trees Lounge (1996)

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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".

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Steve Buscemi

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Steve Buscemi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Kane ... Connie
Mark Boone Junior ... Mike
Steve Buscemi ... Tommy
Bronson Dudley Bronson Dudley ... Bill
Anthony LaPaglia ... Rob (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Michael Buscemi ... Raymond
Elizabeth Bracco ... Theresa
John Ventimiglia ... Johnny
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... Vic
Suzanne Shepherd ... Jackie
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Stan
Joe Lisi ... Harry
Debi Mazar ... Crystal
Eszter Balint ... Marie
Richard Boes Richard Boes ... Freddie
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Storyline

Things aren't going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he "borrowed" money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can't find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives, full of the colorful eccentrics one finds in such places, like the estranged husband, or the old boozer drinking himself to death. He drunkenly wanders through his life, still in love with his ex, desperate for some sort of meaning beyond the bar, some sort of meaning to his life. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A story about one man's search... for who knows what

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for plentiful strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bizim Kafe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,830, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$749,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$749,741
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Chase used the same casting directors, Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe, in The Sopranos (1999) after seeing this film. Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), Suzanne Shepherd (Mary De Angelis), and Elizabeth Bracco (Marie Spatafore) appeared on The Sopranos (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Tommy reminds Debbie to collect her bag when he is dropping her off, you can see a crew person in corner of screen as well as in the window reflection. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: He saved my life once.
Debbie: What, he was gonna kill you but he changed his mind?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET
Written and Performed by Randy Bachman
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Fine writing and directing debut for Buscemi
27 October 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

Whenever one thinks of Steve Buscemi the actor, one probably thinks of the line about his character in FARGO, where a girl says, "Well, he was funny looking...more than most people, even." That has more or less summed up the parts Buscemi has played throughout the years, way back to the mini-series of LONESOME DOVE. But he's got more range than that, as he showed in LIVING IN OBLIVION(1995), and this movie, which he also wrote and directed. The nice surprise is he also has the makings of a fine writer and director. There's no real plot here, which undoubtedly will throw some people(and has, if some of the comments are any indication), just observing a certain type of people(working-class and barflies) and how they live their lives. While it may drag at times, there's enough truth and detail to keep you interested. Buscemi also directs actors well; this is the film which convinced me Chloe Sevigny was for real. I understand Buscemi is making another film; I look forward to it.


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