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Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An old man (Hall) gives advice to a young man (Baltz) about his cheating wife and best ... See full summary »

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Five people's lives that are curiously intertwined happen to all be at a diner at the same time. An old man (Hall) gives advice to a young man (Baltz) about his cheating wife and best friend. A newlywed couple argues over the wife loosing money in Vegas playing craps. And a hit man buys some coffee and cigarettes and greets the man in his trunk. Written by Chadd

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Older Man: [the older man removes a cigarette from the pack, taps both ends on the table twice, then strikes a match and lights the cigarette before placing it in an ashtray]
Older Man: ...and then, then we will talk about making sense of the matter. Once the coffee is poured, and the tip of the cigarette is lit, and placed in the ashtray, then, we will address the matter. We focus our attention when the time comes. When the coffee has been poured...
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Some impressive if uneven early work,
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Very early work from one of our best filmmakers.

This 23 minute short is in many ways an early sketchpad for 'Hard Eight', Anderson's amazing first feature.

The film is very simple – 3 different conversations at a diner outside Vegas, but shot, written and edited creatively, with good performances by Philip Baker Hall and Miguel Ferrer.

Anderson's trademark dialogue feels a little more arch and stiff here, a little more a young writer doing his riff on David Mamet, but it's good enough to show real talent, and Anderson's ability to create dialogue and characters that are both stylized and believable, bigger than life but still real would go on to become a key to his unique voice.


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