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

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Suddenly, life was more than french fries, gravy and girls. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

American Diner See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with TCM years later, Kevin Bacon said that Steve Guttenberg used to eat "incredible amounts of food" and drink milk all the time, and that he looked up to Mickey Rourke as a kind of mentor or teacher. Bacon felt Rourke was very intense and skilled at being "very, very small" in terms of his subtlety, doing work "that you almost are unable to see being shot at the time, and then it gets on-camera and it just, you know, explodes into something great." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Diane: Why don't you take me home?
Boogie: I go to law school now. I have to go home and study. The only reason I came by here, is because I appreciate the fine music.
Diane: I thought you worked in a Beauty Parlor?
Boogie: Yeah, I do - during the day.
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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 »

Connections

References Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Reconsider Baby
Written and performed by Lowell Fulson
Courtesy of All Platinum Records
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A nice visit with recognizable characters.
20 January 2014 | by SmileysWorldSee all my reviews

I wasn't really wowed by this film.It doesn't really have a captivating story,great scenery or great special effects (the latter is never really necessary anyway).What you have is a group of guys,each of them representing someone most of us know or have heard of.We are introduced to them,and over the course of the film,we get to know them,and by film's end,we had an overall pleasant time.The film has a place on the AFI's 100 Years,100 Laughs list,which brought me to watch it.I don't question it's placement there because we all have different senses of humor,but I can't say that it really generated a lot of laughs for me personally.Overall,it was enjoyable enough and I may visit it again one day.


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