Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Michael Tucker, Daniel Stern, Ellen Barkin, Kevin Bacon
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 110 minutes
Barry Levinson's debut film as a writer-director nearly got lost in the shuffle before New York critics rescued it from oblivion. Set in his native Baltimore in 1959, it focuses on a group of pals coping with life post high school. Each of them has problems with women, it seems, whether it's Steve Guttenberg (as a guy about to get married who forces his fiancée to pass a test about the Baltimore Colts), Mickey Rourke (as the womanizing hairdresser with a gambling problem), or Daniel Stern (as the married one who makes his wife miserable with his carefully cataloged record collection). The only time these guys seem like they have it together is when they gather at the diner to sling the bull. The cast includes Ellen Barkin, Timothy Daly, Paul Reiser, and Kevin Bacon--each in a breakthrough role. --Marshall Fine
Ok, now ask me what's on the flip side.
Just, just ask me what's on the flip side, OK?
What is on the flip side?
Hey, Hey, Hey, 1958. Specialty Records.
See? You don't ask me things like that, do you? No! You never ask me what's on the flip side.
No! Because I don't give a shit. Shrevie, who cares about what's on the flip side about the record?
I do! Every one of my records means something! The label, the producer, the year it was made. Who was copying whose style... who's expanding on that, don't you understand? When I listen to my records they take me back to certain points in my life, OK? Just don't touch my records, ever! You! The first time I met you? Modell's sister's high school graduation party, right? 1955. And Ain't That A Shame was playing when I walked into the door!