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.


GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
1987, Walt Disney Pictures, 121 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Delivering dialogue that was frequently improvised, Robin Williams earned his first Oscar nomination as Armed Forces Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer, whose freewheeling mix of hits of the day and rapid-fire commentary ruffled military feathers in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Given the setting, there’s drama as well as comedy, plus lots of great music; the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack put Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” back on the charts. Costarring Forest Whitaker and Bruno Kirby.


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