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During the course of one frenzied evening, a restaurant owner and bookmaker deals with a potential hostile takeover, a snooty critic, and his attraction to his dead partner's widow. Danny Aiello and John Corbett bring the behind-the-scenes drama of a NYC Italian restaurant to life through an exciting tale of gangsters and gourmet food.
Dinner Rush is gourmet cinema, served with a generous helping of culinary panache. After countless commercials, music videos (including Michael Jackson's "Beat It"), and a few obscure features, director and restaurateur Bob Giraldi casts his own New York eatery as a TriBeCa hot spot where the owner (Danny Aiello) presides over a busy night of fine dining and mob entanglements. He's been a bookmaker for 25 years but he's going legit; his son (Edoardo Ballerini) is a nuovo cuisine genius, eager to inherit the business; the sous-chef (Kirk Acevedo) is deeply in debt to mafia thugs; an art-dealer snob (Mark Margolis) is antagonizing his waitress (Summer Phoenix); a charming stranger (John Corbett) harbors a climactic surprise; and a powerful food critic (Sandra Bernhard) is ready to pounce on any wrong move. In perfect control of this bustling environment, Giraldi directs like a great chef cooks: with Altmanesque delicacy, confident that every ingredient is vital to the success of his creation. It's utterly delicious. --Jeff Shannon
Danny Aiello is one of my favourite actors and does an excellent job in "Dinner Rush". The twists and turns in this movie will keep you riveted. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Greg B.
I have been looking for this movie for ages. Because it's such an old title it was impossible to find at any movie store. I went on Amazon and found it right away. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2010 by Jackie K
The characters are what drive this movie and make it fun to watch. Though I realize that last lobster dish he created for the stuck-up food critic was meant to be ridiculous, I... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by S. Sommerville
As with one of the previous reviewers, I caught this movie on IFC the other night. I missed the first 10 minutes of the movie but once I tuned in for a few minutes, I couldn't turn... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
A true gem. Caught two thirds of it on TV so missed the title. Been looking for it by tracking Danny Aiello. Then it ran again on a cable channel. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by stanleykraski
Throughout this marvelous movie, there's a guy sitting at the bar flirting with the babes, relaxed, checking out the scene, tipping the bartender - and the whole restaurant bedlam... Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Peggy Vincent
I saw this film in the theater while over seas. I couldn't wait for the DVD. I do not believe this film was released in the US and cannot imagine why. Interesting from the start. Read morePublished on July 5 2003 by Jerry Meller
Baldorini or however you spell it is great. He plays the maniacal demanding chef perfectly. The DJ from Northern Exposure is a great barfly. Read morePublished on June 10 2003