Star Billing: Steve Guttenberg (1st), Daniel Stern (2nd), Mickey Rourke (3rd), Kevin Bacon (4th), Tim Daly (5th), Ellen Barkin (6th) and Paul Reiser (7th).
The movie got Oscar nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Barry Levinson but did not win. The nom, the only one for the picture, was Levinson's second, his first having been for the script for ...And Justice for All. (1979). Levinson would later win an Oscar for Rain Man (1988) for best Director.
After writer-director Barry Levinson met Ellen Barkin, she was the only actress ever considered for the role of Shrevie's wife, Beth Schreiber.
Robert Wuhl auditioned for the role of Modell.
Like Catch Me If You Can (2002), Spider-Man (2002) and Sister Act (1992), Diner will be transformed into a Broadway musical. Original director/writer Barry Levinson will also write Diner's book and Sheryl Crow will write the music and lyrics. Kathleen Marshall, a recent Tony Award-winner for her choreography of 'Anything Goes,' will direct and choreograph the production which is set for theater tryouts by summer 2012.
The teams that were playing on the 27th of December in the big American football match, the 1959 NFL Championship Game, were the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.
The picture was filmed around March 1981. |
Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] After his appearance here, Ralph (TV Customer) appeared in every Levinson picture through to Liberty Heights (1999).