Dinner Rush (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
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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
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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