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Diner (1982)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 May 1982 (USA)
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

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William 'Billy' Howard (as Timothy Daly)
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Jessica James ...
Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan ...
Carol Heathrow
Kelle Kipp ...
Diane
John Aquino ...
Tank
Richard Pierson ...
David Frazer
Claudia Cron ...
Jane Chisholm
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Storyline

Early twenty-something Baltimoreans Eddie, Shrevie, Boogie, Billy, Fenwick and Modell have been friends since they were kids, where the center of their lives has been and still is the Fells Point Diner. It's the last week of 1959. Baltimore Colts fanatic Eddie is scheduled to get married to Elyse on New Year's Eve, but may call off the wedding if Elyse doesn't pass his Colts quiz which he will hold two days before the scheduled wedding. Inexperienced Eddie turns to the only other married one among the bunch, electronics salesman and music aficionado Shrevie, for advice, he who may not be the best person from who to ask advice on marriage since he doesn't yet realize that he probably got married to his wife Beth for the wrong reasons. Indeed, Beth, who has lost her sense of identity, is unhappy in their marriage, and contemplates having an affair with someone who provides what she believes is a sympathetic shoulder. Hairdresser and law school student Boogie is the player of the bunch, ... Written by Huggo

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It's open all day...and cookin' all night. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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21 May 1982 (USA)  »

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American Diner  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Paul Reiser's character (Modell) is never seen outside the diner except in the first and final scene along with the football test scene. His character unlike the other five leads has no arch. He also was not a groomsman in the wedding and was not included in the final shot with the other five leads. See more »

Goofs

In the wedding scene at the end, which is New Year's eve 1959-60, the bass player in the band is playing a black Fender Jazz Bass. The Fender Jazz Bass was not produced until later in 1960, and was not available in the black color shown in the movie and formally named the "Jazz Bass" until 1962. See more »

Quotes

Shrevie: when you're dating, everything is talking about sex. Where can we do it? Why can't we do it? Are you parents gonna be out so we can do it? Everything is always talkin about getting sex, and then planning the wedding, all the details. But then, when you get married... it's crazy, i dunno. You can get it whenever you want it. You wake up in the morning and she's there. You come home from work and she's there. So all that sex planning talk is over with. And so is the wedding planning talk cause ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits run as we hear another diner conversation between the guys. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beautiful Girls (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Be Cruel
Written by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A sparkling moment!
7 October 2006 | by (Freeport, Maine) – See all my reviews

Levinson's, and IMO, many of the actors' best work. Polished dialog that never gets old with repeated viewing. The characters in this film remain permanently blazed in my memory, and the lines are worthy of memorization, as one of the minor characters in the film spouts lines from "Sweet Smell of Success." Brilliant cast at their peak. No matter what each of these actors did later, they, and I, will always have Diner.

The music, cars, clothes of the 50s never seemed more poignantly bittersweet and dreamlike to me, although I did not live through that period. Everyone should see this film. An all time classic, in my book.

All this and zero degrees of Kevin Bacon to boot!


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