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The St. Francis Fountain is one of San Francisco's oldest diners. In this documentary shot on 16mm black and white film, the establishment's clientele, young and old, reflect upon the nostalgia associated with American diners. A man remembers his childhood spent frequenting the St. Francis and how he feels about the new clientele, and the younger customers articulate the appeal of going to this historic diner.
Apr 2, 1982 Wide
Apr 4, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment
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William 'Billy' Howa...
Edward 'Eddie' Simmo...
Laurence "Shrevie" S...
Robert "Boogie" Shef...
Timothy Fenwick Jr.
Michael Tucker (I)
John Di Aquino
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Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on.
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.
Movies like Diner -- fresh, well-acted and energetic American movies by new directors with the courage of their convictions -- are an endangered species.
As confused as its male protagonists are about their proper place in the world, it's their relationship to women that beguiles them most. It's also their path to maturity.
Thoroughly enjoyable nostalgia film about lost youth that's as refreshing as a cup of coffee from a Greek diner.
Made by an insider, Baltimore's son Barry Levinson, who gets the texture and characters right, Diner is one of the most perceptive youth tales about the gulf between the sexes before the subject became a debatable issue.
Even with all its accolades, it's still an underappreciated gem
Diner features a group of twentysomething friends whose camaraderie, hijinks and troubles ought to resonate with many viewers.
Diner is a naturalistically acted movie, but Rourke is so fluent with streetwise gesture and cool grace that he makes his costars look like the Three Stooges.
A clever, biting script buoys a cast of soon-to-be famous actors in this endearing male-bonding ritual writ large.
Barry Levinson's directorial debut from his own Oscar-nominated script remains his most perfectly realised and charming movie and is a fitting eulogy to his home town of Baltimore.
Diner is a sort of poor man's American Graffiti, covering the same dramatic turf but lacking the style, wit and strong narrative structure of its predecessor.
Audience Reviews for Diner
- Robert "Boogie" Sheftell: Nobody bets 2,000 dollars and doesn't remember.
- Robert "Boogie" Sheftell: Look, the game's a lock.
- Bagel: Nothing's lock, Boog. Nothing's a lock.
- Timothy Fenwick Jr.: I'm going to Europe.
- Diane: Why don't you travel around the United States.
- Timothy Fenwick Jr.: It's been done. Europe'll be a smile.
- Robert "Boogie" Sheftell: If you don't have good dreams Bagel, you'll have nightmares.
- Edward 'Eddie' Simmons: Who's that?
- William 'Billy' Howard: That's death walking on the beach.
- Edward 'Eddie' Simmons: I've been to Atlantic City a hundred times. I never saw death walking on the beach.
- William 'Billy' Howard: I'll hit you so hard I'll kill your whole family.
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