Diner

March 5th, 1982







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Plot
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 7.1/10 (9,296 voted)

Critic's Score: 86/100

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

Storyline
5 guys in their 20's spend most of their time hanging out in a Diner. It's Christmas time in 1959, and the guys all begin to think it's about time they went about their lives without the comfort of the 'diner'.

Cast:
Steve Guttenberg - Edward 'Eddie' Simmons
Daniel Stern - Laurence 'Shrevie' Schreiber
Mickey Rourke - Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell
Kevin Bacon - Timothy Fenwick Jr.
Tim Daly - William 'Billy' Howard (as Timothy Daly)
Ellen Barkin - Beth Schreiber
Paul Reiser - Modell
Kathryn Dowling - Barbara
Michael Tucker - Bagel
Jessica James - Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan - Carol Heathrow
Kelle Kipp - Diane
John Aquino - Tank
Richard Pierson - David Frazer
Claudia Cron - Jane Chisholm

Taglines: Suddenly, life was more than french fries, gravy and girls.

Release Date: 5 March 1982

Filming Locations: 400 block N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $14,100,000 (USA)



Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
All of the scenes in the diner were filmed last after the cast got to know each other. The dialog in those scenes is a combination of scripted and improvisational.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Boogie is driving in the country, the road has two yellow stripes on it and when there are "passing" stripes, they are yellow and not white, as they would have been in that period of time.

Quotes:
Eddie: You... You... You make me sick. You've just gone down two steps in my... my book!



User Review

Adolescence Goes Out with a Bang!!!

Rating: 10/10

Seldom does a film capture fond memories with a lovable ADULT!! immaturity...You will never find a more sensational cast, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser, Tim Daly, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, and Micheal Tucker!!!....This film has an astute portrayal of meaningless conversation being the key focal point for everyone and everything...The platonic bond in this film leaves room for immeasurable tolerance particularly on account of dedicated human affection and evokes an epitome of the pleasant camaraderie pertinent to the 1950's.. Friends are not friends by just saying nice things to each other, rather because they have shared their adolescent lives with one another, and the realization of adulthood sparks an indispensable fondness all of the major characters in the film mutually share!! At a glance, someone may perceive this film to be a movie version of "Happy Days"...but the intense and poignant performances of all the characters in the film (particularly Steve Guttenberg's) makes anyone who sees this movie wonder if maybe it would have been nice to live in Baltimore in 1959!!!

Usually, there is a pejorative interpretation of the term "IMMATURE", but in this film, it establishes a social cohesiveness that reflects the enviable naivety of the times!!!...Everybody recognizes everyone else's preventable flaws...The proverbial friendship safety net which perennially prevails throughout this entire film, makes them feel very fortunate because they know that their lives are not perfect!!!..Their precociousness resonates itself to a bittersweet comedy, and is advocated as such, since comedy is limitless, because so too is human error...Evaluating the actors in the movie, it is simply incredible!! Steve Guttenberg is Police Academy King!! Tim Daley in the hit show "Wings" He seemed to understand that role perfectly!! Kevin Bacon, the eighties icon including "Footloose" Daniel Stern, the director and voice in "Wonder Years" Mickey Rourke "9 1/2 Weeks" Every male between the ages of 42 and 50 is insanely jealous!! Ellen Barkin "The Big Easy" and a host of others!! and of course, Paul Reiser "Mad About You"...Acting talent of this copious quantity exudes a plethora of non disputable top notch Hollywood entertainment!! All of the actors in this film established a compilation of feelings that were genuine, for better or for worse (pun intended!!).. Memories were safeguarded to make the recognizable distinction between friends and acquaintances!! Life was irksome at times, but they always sought respite!! The boys/men knew they could attain refuge and solace at the Diner!! Be it from eating French Fries with gravy, expounding about first experiences, bickering over nothing whatsoever, and most significantly, thoroughly and completely understanding each other!!! No matter what happens they will always have the Diner!!

How many films put a realistically humorous spin on adversity!! How many films provide a humanistic heartfelt laughter about everything!! More importantly!! What films make you realize truly that people make all the difference in your life!! Diner was indeed such a film!! All of the actors in this movie have had tremendous careers, and this movie is testimony as to why!! When evaluating your life, you realize how trite imperfections are the only valid means of appreciating your precarious endeavors, and your concise perception of what adolescence transitioning into adulthood truly signifies!! It is a wonderful experience when a film far exceeds your expectations and puts an acute awareness on what matters in your life!! With the Rolls Royce of directors/writers Barry Levinson, (Natural, Rain Man & Good Morning Vietnam, to name but a few!!) and an absolutely fabulous cast, (if a director ever wants a young cast with a cop esthetically emerging potential like this one ever again, he will have to get it from the guy with the red horns!!!) this film is one of the finest!!!! Top 20 in my book and top 30 for comedies according to the critics of AFI!!!!









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