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Dinner Rush (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno, Lexie Sperduto
  • Directors: Bob Giraldi
  • Writers: Brian S. Kalata, Rick Shaughnessy
  • Producers: Bob Giraldi, Louis DiGiaimo, Matt Janes, Michael Baumont, Patti Greaney
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 21 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007G1YP
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Product Description

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

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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. I can't understand why this movie has flowen under the radar along with another great flick "Bubba Hotep" starring Bruce Campbell - they're both well worth watching. Highly recommended!
Greg B.
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The premise of this movie is rather simple - father/restaurant-owner/bookie wants to get out of the bookie business; son/chef who wants to take over the restaurant as part of growing up; young family friend in trouble with bookies.. BUT.. don't let that dissuade you from watching.
Except for the opening scene, the events of the movie all take place during one night and largely in one place when the conflicts built into the premise converge in the restaurant.
The cinematography is outstanding - the ballet of activity in the kitchen is wonderfully filmed
The acting is all top-notch. Even the minor characters (waiters, cooks, guests) deliver their roles well. The only drawback here is Sandra Bernhard as a food writer - she does schtick rather than acting.
The plot is simple and fairly predictable, but so was Casablanca which in some ways this movie's structure resembles.
Watch and enjoy.
Warning - eat a good meal first; the dinner scenes will make you hungry.
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It's Sat. morning and I just stumbled onto this awesome movie! What more could you want besides Pancakes and sausage served up with real maple syrup, black coffee. After watching Dinner Rush, I am ready for Lunch!!! Its a great cast acting in a very well written script! Danny Aiello's portrayal of "ol' Tony" in The Professional could be a side script to Dinner Rush. Old Dog on the block that will not be pushed around. Its every Italian restaurant in NYC with that one table that the owner reserves for himself. From the front of the house to back of the house, the restaurant is real!!! The conversations could take place anywhere fine dining is hustled. The stress and pressure is a big part of the food service industry and you can see the realism in this movie. When you see that server being tortured by a overly demanding customer, understand that they work hard for every penny!!! Food, food, and more food!!! As movies of food go this one should come with a recipe book. Finally, I suggest no dieters watch this movie, you can gain weight from just watching it!!!
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The story of a low level "family" man who runs an Italian restaurant. Louis Cropa (Danny Aiello)has a little trouble with some local up-and-comers, which he has to deal with while paying off his favorite chefs gambling debts, handing the restaurant over to his son, and entertaining a packed house on a "ordinary" Tuesday night in one of the hot restaurants of New York. With colorful side characters (the artist-waitress, irritating customer, beautiful hostess, eccentric food critic (underused Sandra Bernhard)) the movie easily keeps you occupied and interested from start to finish.
Dinner Rush takes place almost entirely within/around the confines of Louis Cropa's restaurant. The suave Aiello does a good job of relaxing you when everyone else in the movie is falling apart. The contrast of an in-control main character, and an out-of-control supporting cast makes for good cinema. The supporting cast turns in a strong performance (actors you know you've seen but can't quite place) and you are easily caught up in the hustle and bustle of running a busy Italian restaurant. One notable exception, at least for me, was the wooden performance of Mike McGlone. His only qualifacation as a gangster seeming to be his slicked back hair. ...though he does do that well. (Brothers McMullen & She's the One)
With my one piece of criticism aside, this lesser known movie is well worth watching. And if you're a fan of food, and a fan of New York it's hard not to be entranced by this stylish piece of cinema.
4/5 Stars
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The reason I give "Dinner Rush" only 4 stars is that this is not a movie that "goes home with you" and that you keep thinking about or feel like it made you "grow" ; another problem might be the fact that I did keep wondering what happened next? I mean, did the police accept the coincidence of all relevant people being at the restaurant on the same particular night? But getting into this would be letting out too much. These however are my only negative comments.
Other then that, we are talking about a great movie involving all segments of great satisfaction - good food, suspense, some mafia hints, a love story and father- son relations. In fact father and two sons relations as I see Duncan as a second "son" to Mr. Cropa. I would like to add that the family issues involving father son, dead mother and so on are not chewed up or dragged along the movie. They get their right share in all the rest of the action and this is what is so nice about this movie. We only get a hint of the fact that Udo is not really happy that Mr. Cropa eats only the food Duncan cooks but not a lot more then that and we get a sense that all in all Duncan is the only person Udo really trusts and respects in the kitchen and the one he calls in time "of need" (a need to impress the critic) and the one he bothers to say "thank you" to.
All characters are beautifully played and Danny Aiello as Louis Cropa gives the movie the really human touch. He is so convincing and such a real character, a live human being. The movie ends with some hope in his regard - a hope for a romance and a beginning of a new life for Mr. Cropa. Duncan is truly loveable and the viewer is happy that Nicole thinks so too. I actually enjoyed the staff characters more then those of the snobbish guests.
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