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Diner

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: April 2, 1982. Filmed in Baltimore, Maryland. DINER is number 57 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies. Michael Tucker appears as Bagel in DINER and reprises the role in Levinson's film TIN MEN. Paul Reiser and Timothy Daly made their film debuts in DINER, which also marked Ellen Barkin's first credited appearance in a motion picture. Baltimore Colts assistant general manager Ernie Accorsi was asked to come up with 20 questions that would be part of the prewedding football test. (The test supposedly consisted of 100 questions in the film, but only 20 were actually written down. Accorsi claimed they were so difficult that even the most dedicated Colts fans would never be able to pass.) He never received a film credit for the work. In 2001, Accorsi was the general manager of the New York Giants, who lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. The Baltimore Ravens were owned by Art Modell; Paul Reiser plays a character named Modell in DINER, which was filmed in Baltimore. The scene with Boogie in the movie theater with the popcorn is a cinema classic.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65077

  • Credits
    Steve Guttenberg, Steven Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser, Timothy Daly, Tim Daly
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The actors are] terrific as the friends. Each etches out their individual predicament with wonderful subtlety..."
    Variety

    "Movies like DINER -- fresh, well-acted and energetic American movies by new directors with the courage of their convictions -- are an endangered species....The sort of small, honest, entertaining movie that should never go out of style..."
    New York Times

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t begins by lampooning masculine insecurity and bravado, and ends up by making sincere grown-up statements about them. A smart-mouthed but tender classic."
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