DINER
1982, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

This nostalgic, funny, highly personal memoir spends the last week of 1959 with the guys who hang out at a local diner in Baltimore. As they eagerly await the world championship football game between the New York Giants and their own Baltimore Colts in a golden week, they enjoy their final fling before becoming adults. The top-flight cast includes Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern and Timothy Daly. “A wonderful movie. ... Written and directed by Barry Levinson, DINER provides a look at middle-class relations between the sexes just before the sexual revolution, at a time when people still laughed (albeit uneasily) at the gulf between men and women.” – Pauline Kael.


EUREKA
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 130 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Gene Hackman, Mickey Rourke, Rutger Hauer, Joe Pesci and Theresa Russell are the all-star players in this strange tale inspired by the mysterious 1943 murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. A gold prospector (Hackman) strikes it rich in the Canadian wilderness and then moves to a Caribbean island, where he hopes to live in luxury; instead his reward is misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. Roeg’s underrated drama recalls his earlier THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH as it explores the isolation of vast wealth.


BARFLY
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Legendary L.A. scribe Charles Bukowski penned the semiautobiographical screenplay for this gritty but graceful profile of an alcoholic writer. Mickey Rourke stars as Henry Chinaski, subsisting on menial jobs and the occasional writing gig as he spends the nights drinking and fighting with bartender Eddie (Frank Stallone). Golden Globe nominee Faye Dunaway costars as the kindred spirit who takes up with Henry after the two meet at another local saloon.


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