Diner Poster

Release Date: March 5th, 1982

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 1999

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Billy (Timothy Daly) returns home to Baltimore to serve as the best man at his upcoming wedding of his childhood buddy Eddie (Steve Guttenberg). In the meantime, he and Eddie get together with their friends at the local diner, where they trade stories about their lives. All they really want to do is go back to being the carefree boys they once were, but they know it cannot be. Their funny and at times revealing exchanges help each other face the mounting responsibility of adulthood.

Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser, Kathryn Dowling, Michael Tucker

Director: Barry Levinson

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group

Keywords: Transformation, Friendship, Emotional, Love, Marriage, Amusing, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Diner is an often hilarious, frequently touching film. show more

  • Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy. show more

  • Barry Levinson's Diner is an extremely clever, slick male fantasy that takes some time to work out its mood and tone but ultimately blossoms into a moving film. [16 Apr 1982]

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)