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Writer:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Just say it! 'I want the roast beef sandwich!'" See more (85 total) »

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)
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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:
MGM was reluctant to release the film, which they believed would be a commercial flop. But when they found out that critic Pauline Kael had written a glowing review in the New Yorker, they immediately released it.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The movie ends 1st January 1960, however at some point before that we hear "Beyond the sea" by Bobby Darin. The song wasn't released until later in 1960.See more »
Quotes:
Billy:I'll hit you so hard, I'll kill your whole family.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2008) (TV)See more »
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Where or WhenSee more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Just say it! 'I want the roast beef sandwich!'", 3 April 2003
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

"Diner" is a fun-filled, perfectly inspired comedy/drama, which is talented director Barry Levinson's first effort. Needless to say, there's no strong plot structure, but when you have solid, memorable characters like these, that's not necessary. Almost every one of these characters are memorable in their own ways. Nobody "steals the show."

The cast is highly spirited, as I sensed great joy in their performances. The chemistry between the characters is very genuine, and not surprisingly Barry Levinson made sure the actors got well-acquainted with each other before shooting.

I can tell Levinson based many of these scenarios on real-life situations. Scenes like these cannot be developed in the mind of some phony Hollywood hack screenwriter. The nostalgia practically bleeds out the screen, in his solid attention to detail. And that's one of the reasons why this film works. I can actually imagine Levinson sitting back and watching the film with a big smile, chuckling intermittently as he reminisces back to moments from his adolescence. When a director is joyful about his work, that joy transfers to his audience. One of the scenes in which that joy is most evident is when Daniel Stern's character throws a fit about his girlfriend, Ellen Barkin, wrongly categorizing his records and never asking him "what's on the flip side?" Levinson obviously has a passion for the music of his time, and rightfully so, because a lot of great music comes from the 50's. And lucky for me, the film's soundtrack is filled with many of those great tunes.

There are many memorable moments and lines of dialogue. The football quiz is definitely something to be remembered. But my favorite is the famous "roast beef sandwich" argument. Paul Reiser asks Steve Guttenberg if that's a roast beef sandwich he's eating, and Guttenberg can sense he wants a bite from the sandwich, so he yells out, "Just say it! 'I want the roast beef sandwich!'" It's a brilliant, "Seinfeld"-type scene which revolves around a banal subject, but you can't help but be delightfully amused, because let's fact it--the things we relate most to are the simple things in life. Movies about politics can be interesting, but what if you're not a politician or someone who doesn't give a damn about politics? Eating is someone everyone can relate to. Friendship is something everything can relate to. And male bonding is something all men can relate to.

If "Waiting to Exhale" best demonstrates the strength of female bonding, I feel this film best demonstrates the strength of male bonding. I used to feel that women had a stronger bond, since they're more affectionate and in touch with their feelings. But when jealousy enters the equation, even the most long-term friendship between two women can be butchered. I've actually talked to several women who feel more comfortable with male friends, and don't very much trust other women. However, guys stick together. We may badmouth each other left and right and bust each other's chops, but the bond remains the same. Some females may interpret this is as a misogynistic film, because other than Ellen Barkin's character, there are no major or supporting female characters. And Steve Guttenberg's would-be wife is never revealed--at least her face is never shown. But this is simply to stress the theme of male bonding; not to show that women aren't important.

"Diner" is a film for those who enjoy funny, moving, character-driven nostalgia films with fine actors. Hell, even Mickey Rourke, who I'm not a big fan of, gives a fine three-dimensional performance. But everyone in the cast is worth praising in equal doses: Daniel Stern, Paul Reiser (despite his brief screen time), Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin.

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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