Diner (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1982.  .  Screenplay by Barry Levinson.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1982Boston Film Critics Awards 1982.  Golden Globe Awards 1982.

Keenly observed multi-character study about a group of friends in the late 1950s who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. is getting married but won’t go through with the wedding until his fiance passes his football exam,  is married to (who is fantastic) but he has no idea how to love her more than his record collection, ‘s girlfriend gets pregnant but doesn’t want him to marry her out of obligation, and bad boy Mickey Rourke doesn’t know quite how to get himself out of the trouble he keeps getting into. Also starring and , the ensemble cast in this beautifully written film were all unknowns when Barry Levinson cast them in his directorial debut and, like many of his films, it never really gets to a full boil, but it is intelligent and its characterizations are rich.

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