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Cigarettes & Coffee (1993)

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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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Very good short, captured in a mere 24 minute length.
21 August 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Paul Thomas Anderson's second shot at a short film comes off very well and its result is "Cigarettes and Coffee." Starring Kirk Baltz and Phillip Baker Hall. This short was later adapted and developed into Paul Thomas Anderson's first film "Hard Eight."

The story is very simple, yet very intellectual. The basic storyline is : A few people who are mysteriously connected to each other and through a $20 bill are all at the same diner at the same time. As you watch it, it will become apparent why I said intellectual. And to pull it off on a mere 24 minute length is fantastic. He is a great writer.

It is had to get a hold of a copy of this, but I watched it online on a website called Vimeo, which has the original version. The quality is bad but still watchable. Anyway, you could tell that he had potential from this short film and I'm delighted he's where he is today.


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