The Diner by David Troop | Script Revolution

The Diner



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An elderly couple celebrate their anniversary at the diner where they first met.

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The Diner

Memories Matter. As do bonds of love…

“Age is but a number”.

Banal as this saying may be, it’s true in many ways. No matter one’s age, human norms like memories and romance never fade… until the very end.

David M. Troop’s short The Diner offers heart-warming proof of this, as we bear witness to the wedding anniversary of two 75-year-olds, Ellen and Joseph. 

They must’ve had a myriad of memorable moments together. But tonight, their celebration location is a humble diner, easily dismissed by anyone.

But to our geriatric duo, it’s unforgettable. Because this is where, over half a century ago, their love began to blossom.

And it also creates Ellie’s anniversary present to Joseph: a chance to remember where it all began before age distorts and deletes reality.

And Joseph uses the opportunity given to him wisely: he doesn’t just remind himself of their decades-old beginnings, he recreates them with Ellen, his life-long love.

Perfectly. Resulting in some odd looks from the diner staff. But there won’t be any odd looks from any audience to this microbudget movie – just praise. 

Because like the diner Ellen and Joseph visit, The Diner is simple, yet nostalgically beautiful.

And truly impossible to forget.

Review by Hamish Porter
Submitted: October 1, 2016
Last Updated: February 20, 2017
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Last Downloaded: February 6, 2020

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The Writer: David Troop

Dave Troop began writing as soon as he could hold a No. 2 pencil. In 2012, he discovered the beauty and the challenge of the five page screenplay while writing short scripts for and Simplyscripts. Dave continues to write and review short scripts for Script Revolution and Shootin' The Shorts. He currently is working on a few features and a TV pilot, and plans to take Hollywood by storm. Well, not really storm. More like a light sprinkle. Dave was born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, but currently lives in the comatose town of Schuylkill Haven where he is a proud grandfather, a father of two, and a husband of one. Go to bio

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