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Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996)

Hard Eight
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(203 ratings)
7.3 IMDB rating

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Clementine
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Young Craps Player
Nathanael Cooper

Nathanael Cooper

Restroom Attendant
Wynn White

Wynn White

Waitress


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A good movie

3 years, 7 months ago at Aug 9 11:21
2 votes
Being a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, I eventually had to watch this movie. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. There are some amazing shots here and the directing is pretty awesome, especialy when you think it was his directing debut. The cast is not composed of big stars but of some very good character actors who all deliver some amazing perfomances. I must say I was a little bit underwhelmed by t... read more

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7 years, 10 months ago at May 20 19:56
2 votes
A weird fatalistic movie, with each of the characters plodding on with the predetermined destiny. It's film noir, right? Character's don't develop...they do whatever they were going to do. They just can't escape themselves.

It's captivating though. The opening sequence piqued my curorsity and I could tell exactly how the movie would end from the point the four main characters me... read more

Hard Eight

11 months, 2 weeks ago at Apr 15 21:35
2 votes
I don’t think there’s a single movie from Paul Thomas Anderson that I haven’t enjoyed or admired in some way. Granted, Hard Eight is a bit more formulaic than the more mysterious The Master or freewheeling Boogie Nights, but it does the crime story very well. The piece that makes the entire film work and operates at a higher level is the lead performance of Philip Baker Hall as an enigmatic ... read more
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Description: John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementin ... (more)
Release date: 28 February 1997
UPC: 043396810396
Drama (8), Casino (7), Reno (5), Gambling (5), 1990s (4), Prostitute (3), Murder (3), Gangster (3), 1996 (3), Prostitution (2), Thriller (2), Crime (2), Action Hero (2), Kidnapping (2), 90's (1), Neo-noir (1), Dysfunctional (1), Dysfunctional Family (1), Usa (1), Torrent (1)
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Hard Eight

“I don’t think there’s a single movie from Paul Thomas Anderson that I haven’t enjoyed or admired in some way. Granted, Hard Eight is a bit more formulaic than the more mysterious The Master or freewheeling Boogie Nights, but it does the crime story very well. The piece that makes the entire film work and operates at a higher level is the lead performance of Philip Baker Hall as an enigmatic Las Vegas gangster. Hall ensures that even some of the more awkward performances (I’m looking at you Paltrow) or routine story beats eventually find their footing. If no other reason, Hall’s performance is more than enough to warrant a viewing of Hard Eight.

Hard Eight is a fairly intimate story about a not too bright man, John (John C. Reilly), who gets stranded in Las Vegas. Sydney” read more

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" Drama. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Stars Phillip Baker Hall, John C Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson. PT Anderson's first movie and some think it's his best. It's great, I don't know if it's my favorite, but it's an awesome movie. A young drifter is taken under the wing of an experienced gambler."


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" Plot: John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementine, a cocktail waitress and sometimes hooker. Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Samuel"


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A good movie

“Being a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, I eventually had to watch this movie. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. There are some amazing shots here and the directing is pretty awesome, especialy when you think it was his directing debut. The cast is not composed of big stars but of some very good character actors who all deliver some amazing perfomances. I must say I was a little bit underwhelmed by the plot or the lack of it but the version I saw was quite short (about 95 minutes) and a longer director's cut may be a better watch. Anyway, it is definitely worth a look and a must see for any PT Anderson fan.” read more

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"First viewing Solid movie, but not as great as the rest of PT Anderson's full-length films. Definitely worth seeing if you enjoy his work or any of the actors involved. Currently streaming on Netflix"


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