Director:Lili Fini Zanuck
Screenwriters:Josh Campbell, Erik Bergquist
A big screen adaptation of John O'Brien's 1996 novel "The Assault on Tony's." The book by the "Leaving Las Vegas" author is described as follows: "The Assault on Tony's" is an unapologetic, unsentimental, and at time exuberant examination of the joys and sorrows of intoxication, combining the inimitable unflinching eye and grim wit unique to the novels of John O'Brien. Barricaded in a bar called Tony's while a race riot rages outside, the characters that people "The Assault on Tony's" are united by their desire to drink to the end, no matter what the consequences. In this stark and darkly humorous novel, social alliances are forged and challenged as each member of this macabre party ignores his fears in favor of keeping his tumbler full to the brim. As time goes on and the liquor supply starts to dwindle, the novel reaches a gritty intensity as it exposes the highs and lows of the human spirit. In the film, the riots now have more to do with today's economic crisis, and the 17 days have been reduced to three. Also, the five bar patrons are now three white men and two black, one of whom has never visited the establishment before and does not drink. The waitress role has been expanded.