1996 • R • Comedy, Drama
Steve Buscemi can’t quit his local watering hole.
WHY WE PICKED IT: Steve Buscemi’s writing and directorial debut is an impressive character study that David Chase cites as an influence for ‘The Sopranos.’
Shiftless alcoholic Tommy Basilio is an unemployed auto mechanic who lost his job for stealing from his boss, who is now married to his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Desperate and almost-always drunk, Tommy takes a job driving an ice-cream truck, falls into a lukewarm romance with his ex's 17-year-old niece, and just tries to get by in what Roger Ebert called “the most accurate portrait of the daily saloon drinker I have ever seen.”
DIRECTOR: Steve Buscemi
CAST: Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior, Steve Buscemi, Bronson Dudley, Anthony LaPaglia, Michael Buscemi