Theatrical release: December 16, 1988.
Filmed on location in Cincinnati, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Hinto, El Reno, Guthrie, and Cogar, Oklahoma; Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Southgate, Kentucky.
Estimated budget: $25 million.
Academy Awards (4): Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Director, Best Pictire, Best Writing-Original Screenplay. Additional Academy Award nominations (4) for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Original Score.
Richard Price, David Rayfiel and Kurt Luedtke were uncredited authors on the screenplay.
Martin Brest was originally to direct, but he resigned over creative differences. Barry Levinson took over and shot the film in nine weeks.
Autistic behavior consultants on the film were: Bernard Rinland of the Institute for Child Behavior Research, San Diego, California; Darold A. Treffert of Brookside Medical Center, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Ruth C. Sullivan of the Autism Services Center, Huntington, West Virginia; Bodil Sivertsen of the Jay Nolan Center, Los Angeles, California; Peter E. Tanguay of UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California; and Arnold M. Rosen of Gracie Square Hospital, New York, New York.
Began shooting May 2, 1988; completed shooting July 28, 1988. Shown at a benefit screening in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 13, 1988.
Shown in competition at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival February 19-20 and the 1989 Panorama of World Cinema in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 20-30.
Dustin Hoffman won the Italian David Award for Best Actor in a Foreign Film.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1988
Academy Awards Best Actor 1988 Dustin Hoffman American actor
Academy Awards Best Director 1988 Barry Levinson Director/Screenwriter/Producer, DINER (1982)
Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1988 Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1988 Barry Morrow Screenwriter (RAIN MAN)