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This pilot for the TV version of the critically acclaimed feature Diner (1982) focused on the complaints of the wives, Elyse and Beth, that their husbands were spending too much time hanging at the diner with their friends.

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Credited cast:
Mike Binder ... Eddie (as Michael Binder)
Max Cantor Max Cantor ... Shrevie
Mady Kaplan ... Beth
Alison La Placa ... Elyse
Michael Madsen ... Boogie
Paul Reiser ... Modell
James Spader ... Fenwick
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This pilot for the tv version of the critical acclaimed feature DINER (1982) focused on the complaints of the wives, Elyse and Beth, that their husbands were spending too much time hanging at the diner with their friends. Written by Tony Adam <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

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8 August 1983 (USA) See more »

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They should have put this on the DVD!
22 May 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I must say that I'm a bit surprised to find a television show based on "Diner." This is a pilot that was filmed but never accepted by any television studios -- it's based on the obscure, but excellent, 1982 drama directed by Barry Levinson, which starred Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern and Kevin Bacon.

This spin-off features Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde from "Reservoir Dogs") as the Rourke character, Boogie. James Spader (who allegedly was a background dancer in the opening segment of the film itself) plays the Bacon character, Fenwick, and Paul Reiser is in fact the only actor to return to his role from the film! The DVD for "Diner" was surprisingly good (it contained special features and animated menus - pretty good for a $6 DVD made in the era of those cheap trailer-only DVDs!) but I really do wish they had put this on there.

I don't think the film was very successful financially when it came out and to this day it remains largely unknown (with only just over 3,000 votes on IMDb which isn't very high at all!). I highly recommend the film and my only regret about the DVD is that this wasn't included.


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