Diner (1982) Written and directed by Barry Levinson
Ellen Barkin as Beth Screiber and Daniel Stern as Laurence ‘Shrevie’ Schreiber
Shrevie: I found my James Brown record filed under the J’s instead of the B’s. I don’t know who taught you to alphabetize, but to top it off, he’s in the rock and roll section instead of the R&B section. How can you do that?
Beth: It’s too complicated, Shrevie. See, every time I put on a record, there’s this whole procedure I have to go through. I just want to hear the music, that’s all.
Shrevie: Is it too complicated to just keep my records in a category, ok? Just put the rock and roll in with the rock and roll. Put the R&B in with the R&B. I mean, you’re not gonna put Charlie Parker in with the rock and roll, would you? Would you?
Beth: I don’t know. Who is Charlie Parker?
Shrevie: JAZZ! JAZZ! He was the greatest Jazz saxophone player that ever lived!
Beth: What are you getting so crazy about? It’s just music. It’s not that big a deal.
Shrevie: It is! Don’t you understand? This, this is important to me!
Beth: Shrevie, why do you yell at me? I mean, uh, I never hear you yell at any of your friends.
Shrevie: Look… pick a record, OK?
Shrevie: Just pick any record. Any record… Ok, what’s the hit side?
Beth: “Good Golly Miss Molly.”
Shrevie: Ok, now ask me what’s on the flip side.
Shrevie: Just, just ask me what’s on the flip side, OK?
Beth: What is on the flip side?
Shrevie: “Hey-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.
Beth: No, because I don’t give a shit! Shrevie, who cares about what’s on the flip side of a record?
Shrevie: I DO! Every one of my records means something! The label, the producer, the year it was made. Who was copying whose styles, 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! The first time I met you? Modell sisters’ high school graduation party, right? 1955. And “Ain’t That a Shame” was playing when I walked in the door!
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