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

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Edward 'Eddie' Simmons
Laurence 'Shrevie' Schreiber
Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell
Timothy Fenwick Jr.
William 'Billy' Howard (as Timothy Daly)
Beth Schreiber
Kathryn Dowling ...
Jessica James ...
Mrs. Simmons
Carol Heathrow
Kelle Kipp ...
John Aquino ...
Richard Pierson ...
David Frazer
Claudia Cron ...
Jane Chisholm
Tait Ruppert ...
Howard Fenwick (as Tom V.V. Tammi)
Pam Gail ...
First Stripper
Lauren Zaganas ...
Second Stripper
Sharon Ziman ...
Bride (Elyse)
Mark Margolis ...
Earl Mager
Ralph Tabakin ...
TV Customer
Frank Stoegerer ...
TV Director
Nat Benchley ...
Technical Director
Frank Hennessy ...
Audio Man
Marvin Hunter ...
Steve Smith ...
Lee Case ...
Mr. Howard - Billy's Father
Clement Fowler ...
Mr. Simmons - Eddie's Father
Howard Silverman ...
Clothing Hustler (as Howard 'Chip' Silverman)
Ted Bafaloukos ...
Barney Cohen ...
Bruce Kluger ...
Guy at Pool Hall
Bruce Elliott ...
Soap Opera Man (as Bruce Elliot)
Carole Copeland ...
Soap Opera Woman
Aryeh Cooperstock ...
Brian Costantini ...
Drunk at Wedding
Lorraine D. Glick ...
Woman at Wedding
Florence Moody ...
Waitress (as Florence L. Moody)
Mary Lou Vukov ...
Alan Kaplan ...
Bagel's Friend
Donald Saiontz ...
Bagel's Friend
Chief Gordon ...
Man in Jail
Beverly Sheehan ...
Dusty Clare ...
Salon Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herb Levinson ...
The Emerson Black & White Console Televison Customer (uncredited)
Nicole Marshall ...
Wallflower in Opening Dance Scene (uncredited)

Directed by

Barry Levinson

Written by

Barry Levinson ... (written by)

Produced by

Mark Johnson ... executive producer
Jerry Weintraub ... producer

Music by

Bruce Brody
Ivan Král

Cinematography by

Peter Sova

Film Editing by

Stu Linder

Editorial Department

Andy Blumenthal ... assistant editor

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 ... re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Paul Hochman ... sound editor
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Larry Stensvold ... 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)

Location Management

Nancy Hackerman ... location manager

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
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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Plot Summary

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, he who has some major financial problems because of his quest for the fast buck. Generally straight laced Billy, Eddie's best man who has been away getting his MBA, has come back to Baltimore a few days early to clarify his relationship with his girlfriend, Barb. Smart-aleck Fen is a college drop out who lives off his trust fund. He doesn't much like his family but likes what their money can afford him. And insecure Modell is afraid to ask for anything directly. As 1960 approaches, they collectively deal with how to be truly adults. Written by Huggo

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Taglines It's open all day...and cookin' all night. See more »
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Also Known As
  • American Diner (Germany)
  • A cena con gli amici (Italy)
  • Fiket (Sweden)
  • Quando os Jovens se Tornam Adultos (Brazil)
  • Adeus, Amigos (Portugal)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia All of the scenes in the diner were filmed last after the cast got to know each other. The dialogue in those scenes is a combination of scripted and improvisational. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in MGM/UA Home Video Laserdisc Sampler (1990). See more »
Soundtracks It's All in the Game See more »
Crazy Credits The end credits run as we hear another diner conversation between the guys. See more »
Quotes Shrevie: Ok, now ask me what's on the flip side.
Beth: Why?
Shrevie: Just, just ask me what's on the flip side, OK?
Beth: What is on the flip side?
Shrevie: Hey, Hey, Hey, 1958. Specialty Records.
[Beth nods blankly]
Shrevie: See? You don't ask me things like that, do you? No! You never ask me what's on the flip side.
Beth: No! Because I don't give a shit. Shrevie, who cares about what's on the flip side about the record?
Shrevie: I do! Every one of my records means something! The label, the producer, the year it was made. Who was copying whose style... who's expanding on that, don't you understand? When I listen to my records they take me back to certain points in my life, OK? Just don't touch my records, ever! You! The first time I met you? Modell's sister's high school graduation party, right? 1955. And Ain't That A Shame was playing when I walked into the door!
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