January 10, 2015

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

"The plan, as it turned out, was as simple and as dumb as anything we'd ever done."
— Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra (Jason Patric), Sleepers (1996)

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
Fletcher Knebel

Diner (1982) (part 3 of 6)
  • Just like his character Shrevie, Daniel Stern (a Maryland native) was the only main actor who was married when Diner was filming, and thus missed out on much of the nightclub action with the other guys.
  • The song Shrievie is listening to after having a fight with Ellen Barkin about "the flipside" of records is Frogman Henry's "Ain't Got No Home". That song was a flipside song before being discovered by Leonard Chess of Chess Records. He released it as a single and its familiar chorus is still popular today.
  • The answer to one of the College Bowl questions was that the planet Mercury rotates once for every revolution about the sun, which is what astronomers believed in 1959. (In 1965, radar observations showed that the planet actually rotates 3 times for every 2 revolutions of the sun.)
  • Actor Michael Tucker played the same character of Bagel that he portrays in this movie in Barry Levinson's later film Tin Men (1987) which was made and released around five years later.
  • Debut theatrical feature film of actors Paul Reiser and Tim Daly and the debut credited cinema movie role of actress Ellen Barkin
  • Michael Tucker, who plays "Bagel", was born and raised in Baltimore and talks in his native Baltimore accent in the film.
  • Elyse's face is hidden through the entire movie. .

  • It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
    H. L. Mencken

  • "Acre" literally means the amount of land plowable in one day.
  • Would you believe that "on the nose" comes from radio? When broadcasting began, directors had to communicate with people on the air without making noise, so they developed hand signals. Time is always a key element in live broadcasts. The person at the mike needed to know if the program was on schedule. If things were "just right," the director signaled with a finger to the side of his or her nose.
  • "Doubleheader," which refers to two baseball games played back to back, was originally a railroad term that referred to two engines in a switching yard hooked up back to back on a single train. The train could also be called a "two-header."

  • The green house is on the right side of the road, and the red house is on the left side of the road, where is the white house?

    If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

    “Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.”

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