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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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Edward 'Eddie' Simmo...
Laurence "Shrevie" S...
Robert "Boogie" Shef...
Timothy Fenwick Jr.
Michael Tucker (I)
John Di Aquino
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Guy at Fool Hall
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Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original.
For all his painstaking accuracy, Levinson has also concocted a dark and depressing period story devoid of a single person without a major problem or character flaw.
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.
With so much going for it, then, why doesn't 'Diner' emerge as a major statement? Mostly because of the recurring weakness of its screenplay.
Though nothing much happens this is a skilfully written comedy-drama that plays close attention to character and boasts fine performances by a quality cast.
This gentle, warm-hearted comedy drama about a group of young men in 1950s Baltimore was director Barry Levinson's debut feature and it remains among his finest work.
All the performances are remarkable. Rourke won't stay unknown for long. But the ultimate triumph is Levinson's. He captures both the surface and the soul of an era with candor and precision.
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.
A witty and biting screenplay is excellently portrayed by an ensemble, who would all soon become big stars.
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.
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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