Diner

Diner

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Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Barry Levinson, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern

     
 

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Barry Levinson's directorial debut (and his first semi-autobiographical "Baltimore" film), Diner was a critically acclaimed minor hit when it was first released. This Warner DVD release of Diner has a crisp widescreen transfer and Digital Dolby 2.0 soundtrack that conforms with the original theatrical mono mix. There are a few nice extras, but it's theSee more details below

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Barry Levinson's directorial debut (and his first semi-autobiographical "Baltimore" film), Diner was a critically acclaimed minor hit when it was first released. This Warner DVD release of Diner has a crisp widescreen transfer and Digital Dolby 2.0 soundtrack that conforms with the original theatrical mono mix. There are a few nice extras, but it's the movie itself that makes this DVD worthwhile. The real meaningful bonus here is a new "making of" documentary that features interviews with Levinson and most of the movie's cast. It's zippy and entertaining, but doesn't quite offer the kind of insight that a good audio commentary would. The documentary reveals that nuance was so important to Levinson that he had the male cast members share a tiny trailer instead of a motel during the shoot. He hoped that the relationships established while hanging out would work their way into their scenes together. The documentary also allows the cast to correct Diner's only major flaw; Levinson has the music nut played by Daniel Stern win an argument that Johnny Mathis is a better singer than Frank Sinatra.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
This talk-heavy comedy, set in 1950s Baltimore, marked Barry Levinson's directorial debut. Filled with excellent dialogue (the screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award) and star-making performances, the largely-unknown-at-the-time cast includes Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, and Ellen Barkin (it marked the big screen debuts of the latter two performers). The rampant immaturity of the male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia. The male bonding rituals that tie together these aimless protagonists are presented as both childish and endearing, allowing the audience to laugh both with and at the protagonists. The setting is an immaculate and loving recreation of Levinson's childhood haunts, and the wonderful soundtrack makes the retro-experience complete and fulfilling. Diner was the first of Levinson's so-called Baltimore trilogy, which includes Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990). His television series of the mid-1990's, Homicide, was likewise set in his beloved Baltimore.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/1999
UPC:
0012569507722
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
23,444

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary:"Diner: On the Flip Side" with all-new introduction featuring writer/director Barry Levinson and the film's stars; Interactive menus; 2 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Daly William 'Billy' Howard
Steve Guttenberg Edward 'Eddie' Simmons
Daniel Stern Laurence "Shrevie" Schreiber
Mickey Rourke Robert "Boogie" Sheftell
Kevin Bacon Timothy Fenwick, Jr.
Ellen Barkin Beth
Paul Reiser Modell
Michael Tucker Bagel
Kathryn Dowling Barbara
Jessica James Mrs. Simmons
Colette Blonigan Carol Heathrow
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Arnold Mazer Gripper
Clement Fowler Eddie's Father
Kelle Kipp Diane
John Aquino Tank
Richard Pierson David Frazer
Claudia Cron Jane Chisholm
Tom Tammi Howard
Sharon Ziman Bride
Mark Margolis Earl Maget
Ralph Tabakin TV Customer
Nat Benchley Technical Director
Marvin Hunter Newscaster
Steve Smith Announcer
Barney Cohen Knocks
Bruce Kluger Guy at Fool Hall
Brian Costantini Drunk at Wedding
Florence Moody Waitress
Alan Kaplan Bagel's Friend
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director,Screenwriter
Ted Bafaloukos Production Designer
Bruce Brody Score Composer
Irving Buchman Makeup
D. Scott Easton Asst. Director
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon R. Harris Art Director
Mark Johnson Executive Producer
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Král Score Composer
Stu Linder Editor
Win Phelps Asst. Director
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Peter Sova Cinematographer
Jerry Weintraub Producer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Retrieving Fenwick (Shout) [4:30]
2. Diner-bound (Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) [1:54]
3. Roadside Prank [2:14]
4. Makeout Music and A Sandwich [3:23]
5. Betting Men [4:50]
6. Billy's Home [2:46]
7. Wake Up, Eddie [4:19]
8. Shevie's TV Crittic [2:19]
9. The Pool Hall [1:39]
10. Getting Disgusting at A Summer Place [5:10]
11. Even with Willard [2:31]
12. The TV Station [1:42]
13. Whenever You Want It [3:05]
14. The Menu's Left Side [5:13]
15. Jane Chrisholm [1:51]
16. Babrara's News [1:33]
17. GE College Bowl [:55]
18. Don't Touch! [2:43]
19. Comforting Betty (Ain't Got No Home) [3:40]
20. "You have a brother" [1:57]
21. Seal Analyzed [1:44]
22. Manger Scene [:51]
23. Behind Bars [2:34]
24. Eddie's Confession [2:15]
25. Their Soap Opera [2:01]
26. Rough Stuff [1:53]
27. No Sense of Herself [3:00]
28. The Football Test [4:16]
29. Their date (Somethin' Else) [3:30]
30. The Move [7:15]
31. Paid In Full [1:45]
32. Always A Dreamer [1:55]
33. Picking Up the Beat [1:36]
34. "Didn't you show her?" [4:14]
35. Wedding Day [1:27]
36. A Toast [4:38]
37. Conversational End Credits [2:37]

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