Diner (1982) USA
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Director:Barry Levinson
Studio:Warner Home Video
Writer:Barry Levinson
Rating:3.0 (2 votes)
Rated:Suitable for 15 years and over
Date Added:2009-04-14
Purchased At:DVD Pacific
Purchased On:2009-04-14
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 1.0
Barry Levinson  ...  (Director)
Barry Levinson  ...  (Writer)
Mickey Rourke  ...  
Kevin Bacon  ...  
Steve Guttenberg  ...  
Ellen Barkin  ...  
Daniel Stern  ...  
Summary: Diner is an entertaining 80's movie from Barry Levinson. It could just as easily have been a stage play (in fact might have been for all I know). The cast were all relative unknowns at the time, but such was the impact and cult following achieved by this film that many of them went on to much bigger things, for a while at least.
It's interesting to see the likes of Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern and Ellen Barkin cutting their teeth as young wannabee film stars. And surprisingly it's the likes of Guttenberg who shine more than say Bacon. But a few poor career moves is all it takes to disappear off the Hollywood radar. Guttenberg and Rourke made plenty, Bacon few. At least Rourke is back now.
On the whole Diner is a film with very little action (or plot) but the dialogue sparkles even if some of it has dated a little, and the acting feels extremely natural as if the cast genuinely bonded whilst filming.
A good reflective piece of entertainment, but more for curiosity than out and out entertainment.