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

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Cast

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William 'Billy' Howard (as Timothy Daly)
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Kathryn Dowling ...
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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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What they wanted most wasn't on the menu. 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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barry Levinson delivered the movie on time and about $500,000 under its initial budget of $5.5 million. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Timothy Fenwick, Jr.: [to his older brother] It's funny. You know, when I was a little kid I always wanted a brother. I told that to mom once and she said, "You have a brother". I said, "Oh, so that's who the asshole in the other bed is".
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Journey (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wonder Why
Written by Melvin James and Ricardo Weeks
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
Courtesy of Laurie Records, Inc.
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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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