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Diner (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 March 1982 (USA)
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A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William 'Billy' Howard (as Timothy Daly)
Kathryn Dowling ...
Michael Tucker ...
Jessica James ...
Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan ...
Carol Heathrow
Kelle Kipp ...
John Aquino ...
Richard Pierson ...
David Frazer
Claudia Cron ...
Jane Chisholm


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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5 March 1982 (USA)  »

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American Diner  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$14,100,000 (USA)

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Although not part of the "boys' club," Ellen Barkin got along well with the male actors. Steve Guttenberg later noted how she was "really cool to talk to" and would set him straight about his own problems with women. See more »


This movie is set in 1959 and it is stated they are watching a Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Colts game. They didn't play each other that year. See more »


Modell: This is why you are so nervous all the time. You have like chunks of roast beef in your heart!
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I can't believe how many posters missed the point of the film.
19 May 2003 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

I can't believe how many posters missed the point of the film.

The basic premise of the film is how men don't understand women and are even afraid of them.

Guys DO talk about women like meat when they are with other men. Did you expect them to gush about a female's personality to his fellows in the late '50s???????

See how guys even refer to Carol Heathrow as "death". Women are not to be understood and to be feared.

And the reason we never see Eddie's bride....think about it,,,if you SAW her, you'd make a judgement about that actress. "Wow, how could a guy pass her up just because she doesn't know more about football?" That's the reason we never see her. We must only know that Eddie loves her but is scared to marry her for various reasons. The moment we saw her face, there would be too many value judgements about whether Eddie is nuts to make her take the test. For thodse who complained about her face not being shown, ask yourself if it would have tainted your opinion of Eddie's requirement for marriage.

Sure, the movie doesn't SEEM like it has a plot. But it's just a slice of life in 1959, the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve....and we share that week.

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