‘Diner’ 30th Anniversary: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Guys-and-Fries Classic

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Sure, “Diner” is a landmark movie, one that launched numerous careers (including those of Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, and director Barry Levinson). But is it really the most influential movie of the last 30 years? Vanity Fair seems to think so. According to an article in the March 2012 issue, “Diner” — released 30 years ago today, on March 5, 1982 — is indirectly responsible for “Seinfeld,” “The Office,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Such writers as Nick Hornby, Stephen Merchant, and Judd Apatow acknowledge its impact on the way they write scenes that others omit, scenes were guys reveal what matters most to them by chatting over coffee about things that don’t matter at all. Like its trivia-obsessed characters, “Diner” is full of unspoken tales beneath the surface. Even fans may not know how closely life imitated art in the alliances, rivalries, pranks, and power games that helped make the movie »

– Gary Susman

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