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Diner (1982)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 May 1982 (USA)
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.


Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




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, 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 »


Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Diner See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debut producing credit of Mark Johnson, who was an Executive Producer on the film, but had been a production executive on Cruising (1980). See more »


In several scenes, Boogie is seen driving his car with the column shift transmission in "Park". See more »


Fenwick: It isn't 100% sure thing, right guys?
Billy: What? What do you mean? He's getting married New Year's Eve.
Boogie: No, no. Not until she takes the test.
Billy: What are you talking about?
Boogie: Tell him.
Fenwick: Eddie's given Elyse a football quiz. If she fails, the marriage is off.
Billy: What? Come on, you guys. You puttin' me on? Is this a joke or what?
Boogie: Nah. You know Eddie and the Colts - very serious stuff.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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


Baltimore Colts Fight Song
Written by Jo Lombardi and Benjamin Klasmer
(processional march for Eddie's wedding)
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I can't believe how many posters missed the point of the film.
19 May 2003 | by random_axSee 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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