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


Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kathryn Dowling ... Barbara
Michael Tucker ... Bagel
Jessica James Jessica James ... Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan ... Carol Heathrow
Kelle Kipp Kelle Kipp ... Diane
John Aquino John Aquino ... Tank
Richard Pierson Richard Pierson ... David Frazer
Claudia Cron Claudia Cron ... Jane Chisholm


Early twenty-something Baltimoreans Eddie, Shrevie, Boogie, Billy, Fenwick and Modell have been friends since they were kids, and the center of their lives has been and still is the Fells Point Diner. In the last week of 1959, Baltimore Colts fanatic Eddie is scheduled to marry Elyse on New Year's Eve, but might call it off if she doesn't pass his Colts quiz on the 29th. Inexperienced Eddie turns to the only other married one of their bunch, electronics salesman and music aficionado Shrevie, for advice, but Shrevie might not be the best marriage advisor since he doesn't yet realize he probably married his wife Beth for the wrong reasons. Beth has lost her sense of identity, is unhappy in her 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 and has major financial problems because of his quest for the fast buck. Generally strait-laced Billy, Eddie's ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The movie's closing credits state: "Filmmakers also extend thanks to the following: Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer, Maryland Governor Harry Hughes, Ms. Fontaine Sullivan of the Office of the Mayor, Mr. Jack Smith of the Maryland Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, and "especially" the People of the City of Baltimore "for their generosity and assistance in the making of this motion picture." 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 »


Billy: I can't believe that Eddie is getting married.
Boogie: It's crazy. I mean with Shrevie, here, it was nuts. With Eddie, it's lunacy.
Shrevie: Hey! Marriage is all right. I'm not complaining.
Boogie: Not complaining? Huh? That sounds wonderful.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits run as another diner conversation between the guys is heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Friends: The One Where Ross Finds Out (1995) See more »


Main Title - A Summer Place
Music by Max Steiner
Performed by Max Steiner
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Definitely....the smile of the week
8 June 2008 | by kmw1962See all my reviews

Diner is funny, misogynistic and cool.

We all grow up at some point between our late teens and mid 20s. The characters in Diner aren't there yet; but they are careening towards it very fast. They take breaks to swerve off the road and stop at the local diner hoping to hold on to a life of irresponsibility, immaturity and silliness.

What I love best about this film is not the main characters (who are all incredibly funny) but the bit characters. From the guy spouting off the dialogue from "Sweet Smell of Success" to Earl who eats everything from the entire left side of menu to Bagel who's looking out for Boogie to Eddie's Mom who threatens to kill Eddie with a cooking knife in one of the films funniest moment to the thick accented owner of the Fells Point Diner; you can see that the glue that holds the main characters together is everyone and everything from their Baltimore neighborhood.

This movie has great dialogue (its certainly more quote-worthy than "Sweet Smell of Successs") and it emulates a lot of what men do at this point in life --- obsessing about sports, music, and girls and defending your immaturity as "its a smile"

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Release Date:

21 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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