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Barry Levinson (written by)
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Release Date:
5 March 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's open all day...and cookin' all night. See more »
Plot:
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Tait Ruppert ... Methan

Tom Tammi ... Howard Fenwick (as Tom V.V. Tammi)
Pam Gail ... First Stripper
Lauren Zaganas ... Second Stripper
Sharon Ziman ... Elyse
Mark Margolis ... Earl Mager
Ralph Tabakin ... TV Customer
Frank Stoegerer ... TV Director
Nat Benchley ... Technical Director
Frank Hennessy ... Audio Man
Marvin Hunter ... Newscaster
Steve Smith ... Announcer
Lee Case ... Mr. Howard - Billy's Father
Clement Fowler ... Mr. Simmons - Eddie's Father
Howard Silverman ... Clothing Hustler (as Howard 'Chip' Silverman)
Ted Bafaloukos ... George
Barney Cohen ... Knocko
Bruce Kluger ... Guy at Pool Hall
Bruce Elliott ... Soap Opera Man (as Bruce Elliot)
Carole Copeland ... Soap Opera Woman
Aryeh Cooperstock ... Rabbi
Brian Costantini ... Drunk at Wedding
Lorraine D. Glick ... Woman at Wedding
Florence Moody ... Waitress (as Florence L. Moody)
Mary Lou Vukov ... Waitress
Alan Kaplan ... Bagel's Friend
Donald Saiontz ... Bagel's Friend
Chief Gordon ... Man in Jail
Beverly Sheehan ... Beautician
Dusty Clare ... Salon Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allison Caine ... Additional Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Herb Levinson ... The Emerson Black & White Console Televison Customer (uncredited)
Nicole Marshall ... Wall-flower in opening dance scene. (uncredited)

Todd Stockman ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
 
Writing credits
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Mark Johnson .... executive producer
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Brody 
Ivan Král 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova 
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Art Direction by
Leon Harris 
 
Set Decoration by
R. Chris Westlund 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Christine George .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ken Swor .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... first assistant director
Win Phelps .... first assistant director
Robert Rooy .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (as Larry Bird)
Steven Franciotti .... construction coordinator
Bill Gay .... lead man (as Billy Gay)
Vinnie Vecchio .... property master
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles J. Bond .... sound (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (as Charles R. Schulthies)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Berrios .... assistant camera
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer
Ted Churchill .... camera operator
Richard Falk .... lighting consultant (as Richard Falk Sr.)
John M. Gilgar .... gaffer
Donald Sweeney .... camera operator (as Don Sweeney)
Tom Weston .... assistant camera
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deahdra Scarano .... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)
Mary E. Vogt .... assistant costume designer (as Mary Vogt)
 
Editorial Department
Andy Blumenthal .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Joe Tuley .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Mike Padovich .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Ted Bafaloukos .... creative consultant
Paul Gongaware .... production assistant
Nancy Hackerman .... location manager
Leanne Moore .... assistant to production accountant
Susan Moore .... assistant to producer
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
Judith Rheiner .... publicist
Bob Roe .... production assistant (as Robert Roe)
Paul Roedl .... production accountant
Gene Rudolf .... visual consultant
Bill Sanders .... production assistant
Anna Zappia .... production office coordinator
Alan Jacques .... projectionist (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
 
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110 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Actor Michael Tucker played the same character of Bagel that he portrays in this movie in Barry Levinson's later film Tin Men (1987) which was made and released around five years later.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Fenwick:Definitely the smile of the week!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Goodbye BabySee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Thinking Man's American Graffiti, 29 April 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Basically the interaction of five guys and one girl during the Christmas season of 1959-1960 in Balitimore, Maryland, "Diner" is somewhat autobiographical of director/writer Barry Levinson, identified as the character Billy (Tim Daly) in the film. Be sure and listen to the dialog spoken over the ending credits. It cleverly encapsulates the entire film. The movie is noteworthy for making stars of six new faces to the cinema public, Steven Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly, and Ellen Barkin. Had it been created before "American Graffiti," it would have been the definitive coming of age flick. Coming nine years later, it pales in the shadow of that seminal work. Still, "Diner" is a worthwhile piece of cinema and is much more cerebral than "American Graffiti."

There are a few time-line problems. I too was finishing high school and preparing for college during the same time interval. Only I was located in rural America and the protagonists of "Diner" lived in an urban setting. Radio was AM and dominated by the "top forty" play list. Seldom were older rock 'n' roll songs played. Naturally there were no oldies stations yet. Teens basked in the audio heaven of the popular tunes of the day. The "Diner" soundtrack appropriately contains such hits of 1959-60 as "Beyond the Sea," "Theme From a Summer Place," and "Goodbye Baby," but also contains songs that were rarely if ever played on AM radio or on diner juke boxes in 1959-60, such as "It's All In The Game," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Fascination." This all makes for one of the best 50's soundtracks ever, but distracts from the credibility of the film setting.

Teens of the period throughout American had a favorite gathering place or rendezvous. For me it was a local diner called "The Hickory House." Sitting in cars, drinking, and shooting the BS was as popular as actually going inside the diner, though that took place too. "Diner" accurately portrays this aspect of teenage gregariousness. The courting rituals and dating challenges are also true to life for the period. A mediocre film, "A Summer Place" was extremely popular with teens of the period, in particular girls, since it was basically a chick flick. By using it as a backdrop to the story, Levinson enhances the scene with the popcorn box and makes it much more meaningful, especially to those who have watched "A Summer Place." Another aspect of reality used by Levinson in a telling way is the concept of male, female relationships at the time. For example, when Timothy Fenwick (Bacon) starts using vulgar language during the car wreck tomfoolery, the other guys point to Beth (Barkin) and indicate by gesture that there is a lady present. Today, female teens readily use vulgar talk as often as males. Changing times.

"Diner" is one of the best of the teen angst films shot during the 70's and 80's and not to be missed. If the viewer lived through the time passage in the movie, it is all that more enjoyable to see.

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