Synopsis: Early twenty-something Baltimoreans Eddie, Shrevie, Boogie, Billy, Fenwick and Modell have been friends since they were kids, where the center of their lives has been and still is the Fells Point Diner. It's the last week of 1959. Baltimore Colts fanatic Eddie is scheduled to get married to Elyse on New Year's Eve, but may call off the wedding if Elyse doesn't pass his Colts quiz which he will hold two days before the scheduled wedding. Inexperienced Eddie turns to the only other married one among the bunch, electronics salesman and music aficionado Shrevie, for advice, he who may not be the best person from who to ask advice on marriage since he doesn't yet realize that he probably got married to his wife Beth for the wrong reasons. Indeed, Beth, who has lost her sense of identity, is unhappy in their marriage, and contemplates having an affair with someone who provides what she believes is a sympathetic shoulder. Hairdresser and law school student Boogie is the player of the bunch, h
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
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110 min


- Hi.

- Hi, girls.

How are you?

- Eddie, have you seen Boogie?

- He's over there.

Boogie! Come here.

I was just downstairs in the basement.

Fenwick is breaking windows

with his bare hands.

He's punching out the windows

with his bare hands.

And he'll break every one in the place.

I'll go talk to him.

What's up, Fen?

Just breakin' windows, Boog.

What for?

It's a smile.

Come on, don't be a schmuck.

I know glass is made from sand.

How come you can see through it?

Leave the windows alone.

What's wrong with you?

- It's a smile, that's all.

- Yeah, I'm cracking up.

Fenwick, you break another window,

and I'm gonna give you a fat lip.

Now, where's your date?

Gave her away.


I gave her away.

David Frazer said she was death.

So, I said, "If you like the way

she looks, take her."

What are you, the Salvation Army?

I charged him $5.

Come on upstairs.

Come on.

You really are nuts.

What about her? She didn't have to go.

I'm nuts. Get that.

That's what you get

for dating 11th-graders.

- Her brains aren't developed yet.

- Yeah, but her tits were.


- Were they?

- Firsthand info.

Sh*t. Then what am I pissed about?

- It looks like you're having a lot of fun.

- Perk up.

- How could you take Frazer over the Fen?

- 'Cause.

Diane, did you know that Frazer

paid $5 for you?

That's the kind of guy he is.

He did?

Do you want to leave with Frazer?

Not really. Fenwick scares me.

He's all right.

Why don't you take me home?

I go to law school now.

I have to go home and study.

The only reason I came by here is

'cause I appreciate the fine music.

- I thought you worked in a beauty parlor.

- Yeah, I do, during the day.

Would you do me a favor?

Would you go home with the Fen?



- Are you cold?

- No.

I could turn the heat on.

Elyse feels that Eddie is getting

very sensitive about the wedding.

Yeah, I know. We were talking about it.

You know what word

I'm not comfortable with?

"Nuance." It's not a real word.

Like "gesture." "Gesture" is a good word.

At least you know where you stand

with gesture.

But, "nuance," I don't know.

Maybe I'm wrong.

- Aren't you chilly?

- No, I feel good. I feel good.

- Am I going too fast for you?

- No. No.


Look at that Fenwick go.

Elyse's mother is very upset with Eddie.

They picked out this yellow and white

motif for the wedding.

You know, like we did.

Napkins, tablecloths, bridesmaids...

...maid of honor, the whole bit.

Anyway, Eddie objected.

He wanted blue and white,

the Colt's colors.

He refused to give in.


You know how stubborn Eddie is.

Could have been worse.

Could have been black and gold,

the Steeler's colors.

Billy's coming in on a train this morning.

I thought he was just coming in

for the wedding.

We didn't want to mention it.

It's a surprise for Eddie.

- What the hell's going on?

- I don't know.

Stay here.

Oh, Jesus.

You son of a b*tch.

I really got you guys, didn't I?

I've been carrying this ketchup bottle

around for weeks.

You a**hole.


I hid behind the car. I didn't want

to get any ketchup on my dress.

Weeks! Just waitin' for the right time.

Well, you got me. Christ, I really thought

you'd bought it.

Real hard, holdin' back the laughs.

Real hard.

You really outdid yourself, Fenwick.

That's very mature, Fenwick.

F*** mature.

Sorry, Beth.

Did you overturn this yourself?

Yeah, give me a hand.

No way.

Come on, guys.

Boog? Modell, come on.

Hey, guys, come on.

Fenwick, you turned it over by yourself.

You've got to turn it back.

But it was easy gettin' it over,

'cause of the angle.

It'll be a b*tch getting it...

Come on. Did you try it?

I'll bet you didn't even try it yet.

I'm buyin' at the diner.

Fenwick, you're a schmuck.

Another five seconds,

you would've had it for free.

I'll see you guys later at the diner, okay?

You're a sick person, you know that?

You're not a normal person.

You guys really are sick, you know that?

- That's 'cause you got no sense of humor.

- Yeah, right.

You can't compare Mathis to Sinatra.

There's no way, no way.

They're in totally different leagues.

Eddie, they're both great singers.

You know the thing about Sinatra,

he's good, but he's too thin.

I don't like that.

Yeah, but you can't compare them.

Sinatra is the Lord. All right?

He's big in movies. He's big in nightclubs.

Let me ask you another question:

Who do you make-out to?

Sinatra or Mathis?

- That's a stupid question.

- One question, answer that.

It's irrelevant. I won't answer it. Mathis.

There you go. How about you, Shrevie?

- I'm married. We don't make out.

- That's funny.

- George, do you have a Band-Aid?

- No.

- You have a Band-Aid.

- I don't have one.

- What's wrong?

- I don't know.

- You don't know?

- I cut myself shaving.

Sorry about that Diane thing.

I didn't know you had a thing for her.

Yeah, it's okay.

What about my $5?

- Give me a couple of days.

- A couple days?

Can I have French fries and gravy,

with a cherry Coke?

Sinatra doesn't like fatty foods, I think.

Look who's here.

How'd it go?

Pretty good. Said she never wanted

to see me again.

You're a charming person, you know that?

What happened?

I just parked the car on a nice, lonely road.

I looked at her and I said, "F*** or fight?"

That's a good line.

I'll use that myself sometime.

You're a maniac.

You always know exactly what to say.

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Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Levinson's best-known works are comedy-drama and drama films such as Diner (1982); The Natural (1984); Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); Bugsy (1991); and Wag the Dog (1997). He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Rain Man (1988) which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. more…

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