Taglines: Suddenly, life was more than french fries, gravy and girls.
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.
Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is Levinson’s screen directing debut, and the first of Levinson’s four “Baltimore Films” set in his hometown during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999).
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Paul Reiser, Kathryn Dowling
Screenplay by: Barry Levinson
Cinematography by: Peter Sova
Film Editing by: Stu Linder
Costume Design by: Gloria Gresham
Set Decoration by: R. Chris Westlund
Art Direction by: Leon Harris
Music by: Bruce Brody, Ivan Král
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: March 5, 1982