Contributed by: Dennis O'Brien
The original questions that Levinson drafted for Guttenburg's Colts were thought to be too simple. He was given help by a good friend of his, Ernie Accorsi, also from Baltimore and a huge Colts fan growing up, who would go on to be the General Manager of the New York Giants.
Contributed by: Robert Baum
Director/screenwriter Levinson went on an arduous search to find a diner to his liking for the film before finding the diner he wanted a in junkyard. The diner was later utiliized in Levinson's second Baltimore set tale "Tin Men" and was later used to train cooks.
I noticed that the origin of the diner used in the film was apparently that is was found in a junkyard of sorts. This may be true.
However, I grew up in Westbury, N.Y. and as a teenager ate at a chrome diner that was located approximately in the center of town near a bank and across from a local institution known as "Tear@ Gershons" stationary store.
The diner was sold and moved to an unknown location in the late 1970's.
My understanding is that this is actually the very same diner that ended up in the movie. I can not substantiate the claim but it came from more than one source. Perhaps there are some photos of downtown Westbury from the 1960s thru 1970s that might contain some images of this diner that could be compared to the one in the movie. My recollection is that the interior was revamped before the shooting of the movie. I hope this will possibly shed some light on the diner's actual origin.
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