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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

Writer:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trees Lounge 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

Steve Buscemi's brother Michael Buscemi and son Lucian Buscemi appear in the film. Buscemi's father also appears as well, although he is only in the background. 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

[about having another glass of whiskey]
Vic: You're a weak man.
Tommy: Yeah, I know. That's why I drink it straight. The ice cubes are too heavy.
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Connections

Referenced in Poolhall Junkies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

THE STEALER
Written by Andy Fraser, Paul Kossoff & Paul Rodgers
Performed by Free
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc. and Island Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Polygram Film and TV Licensing
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Great Film
4 December 2005 | by SusanAdebisiSee all my reviews

Just happened upon this channel hopping In the early hours saw Steve Buscemi and wondered what's going on here? Not a lot as It seemed but that's not the point. Just sit back - preferably with a lager and allow Tree's Lounge to charm your trousers off.

Wonderfully subdued comedy showing that Buscemi Is not only a cult anti hero on screen but that he has much promise as a director. The characters stand out as they can be related to - everyone will recognise the Bill type regular permanently attached to the counter. Mark Boone's wife also as a seriously difficult woman who hasn't a clue what she really wants, stereotypically so. Tommy yes, Is a manchild aimlessly squandering his life away, for sure It Isn't a good role model to aspire to approaching middle age but hey that's his perogative.

This Is Steve's film and he's got charisma by the barrow full to make Tree's Lounge a real treat. That trick with the glasses will work once - provided your not too hammered practising. But It's Uncle Al who gets the best lines - "he loves your mothers", his excuse for his lecherous behaviour on the couch will bail a lot of people out of a lot of trouble.

This film Is very hard to track down, 90% of video shops I went to hadn't even heard of It and It's been on terrestrial Tele twice - once a week late- the reward Is well worth the effort.


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