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The Man at the Counter (2011)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 11 October 2011 (USA)
A man recalls his teenage years when he worked at a small town coffee shop and found himself intrigued by an old man repeatedly stealing sugar packets.


Brian McAllister
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ian Donovan Hyland ... Boy (as Ian Hyland)
Bill McHugh Bill McHugh ... Robert Grimes
Tom Everett Scott ... Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Amash Jr. Paul Amash Jr. ... Coffee Shop Manager
Ellen Austin Ellen Austin ... Coffee Shop Patron
Melis Chavez Melis Chavez ... Teenage Girl
Betsy Lomax Betsy Lomax ... Coffee Shop Patron
Bob Lucke Bob Lucke ... Middle Aged Man
Nicole Newell Nicole Newell ... Coffee Shop Patron
Taylor Nitsky Taylor Nitsky ... Teenage Girl
Caitlyn Patnide Caitlyn Patnide ... Teenage Girl
Chris Puiatti Chris Puiatti ... Teenage Boy
Ben Roberts Ben Roberts ... Man in Love
Liz Sklar Liz Sklar ... Woman in Love
Galit Sperling Galit Sperling ... Woman


A boy working at a small-town coffee shop notices an old man repeatedly stealing sugar packets. The boy attempts to solve the mystery of the stolen sweetener, and when the answer isn't at all what he expected, he is forced to deal with some of life's most basic questions. Written by Anonymous

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A story about life, love, and sugar packets.


Short | Drama


Not Rated


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Release Date:

11 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA See more »

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2013 Cluj Shorts - Int'l Short Film Festival, Romania (Best Short Film). See more »

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A man remembers a part of his childhood
25 April 2013 | by ion-indoleanSee all my reviews

The story is very good, but I can't say the same about the ending. Very good image and very well made at narrative level. It is a short movie, so not much can be said about it, but if the crew that made this one would find another end, this short film would be much, much better. Anyway, the actors play very well, the music is good, the colors are very strong and remain in the viewer's mind. Even though it is very well made from a technical point of view, it gave me the feeling that it is a debut movie, because it has a great idea, but can't go with it through the end. Actually, I see that McAllister was at his first movie as a director.

P.S. I saw it at Cluj Shorts, the first edition of the festival from the city where it is TIFF, Transilvania International Film Festival. It won the main prize, so I must say good job to the director and his crew!

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