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The St. Francis Fountain is one of San Francisco's oldest diners. In this documentary shot on 16mm black and white film, the establishment's clientele, young and old, reflect upon the nostalgia associated with American diners. A man remembers his childhood spent frequenting the St. Francis and how he feels about the new clientele, and the younger customers articulate the appeal of going to this historic diner.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"not a great film, but it certainly is memorable"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Made by an insider, Baltimore's son Barry Levinson, who gets the texture and characters right, Diner is one of the most perceptive youth tales about the gulf between the sexes before the subject became a debatable issue."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A thoughtful, charming sleeper."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Barry Levinson's directorial debut from his own Oscar-nominated script remains his most perfectly realised and charming movie and is a fitting eulogy to his home town of Baltimore."
‑ David Wood, BBC
"Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As confused as its male protagonists are about their proper place in the world, it's their relationship to women that beguiles them most. It's also their path to maturity."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Even with all its accolades, it's still an underappreciated gem"
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"Diner is a naturalistically acted movie, but Rourke is so fluent with streetwise gesture and cool grace that he makes his costars look like the Three Stooges."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Movieline
"Diner is a sort of poor man's American Graffiti, covering the same dramatic turf but lacking the style, wit and strong narrative structure of its predecessor."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"Movies like Diner -- fresh, well-acted and energetic American movies by new directors with the courage of their convictions -- are an endangered species."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Thoroughly enjoyable nostalgia film about lost youth that's as refreshing as a cup of coffee from a Greek diner."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Diner features a group of twentysomething friends whose camaraderie, hijinks and troubles ought to resonate with many viewers."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A clever, biting script buoys a cast of soon-to-be famous actors in this endearing male-bonding ritual writ large."
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"A testament to the fine art of screenwriting."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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