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. . |