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Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996)

Hard Eight
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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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4 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 11 8:45
3 votes
With this film, I've now finally seen all of PTA's feature-length films. This one seems to be a bit forgotten, and it's a bit of a shame because I actually thought it was a good film. After the film was done, I went on the IMDB message boards and saw that there was about an equal amount of haters as there were lovers, and I read what both sides had to say and I must say that I can relate to both s... read more

A good movie

2 years, 8 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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6 years, 11 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
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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), Gambling (5), Reno (5), 1990s (4), Gangster (3), 1996 (3), Prostitute (3), Murder (3), Kidnapping (2), Prostitution (2), Thriller (2), Crime (2), Action Hero (2), D.T. (1), (1), Not Recently Watched (1), Las Vegas (1), 90's (1), Neo-noir (1)
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JxSxPx posted a review 1 week, 2 days ago

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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"January 4 "You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front!" This isn't Anderson's best movie, but it's his debut film, so it's excusable. The story wasn't anything great, but it had a very good performance from John C. Reilly and the dialogue was good, but not great. While this movie wasn't amazing, it is a very important movie since it led PT Anderson to make great films after this one. "


Ricky49er voted for a review of Hard Eight 4 months, 1 week ago

“With this film, I've now finally seen all of PTA's feature-length films. This one seems to be a bit forgotten, and it's a bit of a shame because I act”

the giraffe voted for a review of Hard Eight 4 months, 1 week ago

“With this film, I've now finally seen all of PTA's feature-length films. This one seems to be a bit forgotten, and it's a bit of a shame because I act”

lotr23 voted for a review of Hard Eight 4 months, 1 week ago

“With this film, I've now finally seen all of PTA's feature-length films. This one seems to be a bit forgotten, and it's a bit of a shame because I act”

thenoah posted a review 4 months, 2 weeks ago

“With this film, I've now finally seen all of PTA's feature-length films. This one seems to be a bit forgotten, and it's a bit of a shame because I actually thought it was a good film. After the film was done, I went on the IMDB message boards and saw that there was about an equal amount of haters as there were lovers, and I read what both sides had to say and I must say that I can relate to both sides overall. I thought that the entire thing had great acting (minus Gwyneth Fucking Paltrow), incredible direction, awesome dialogue and an amazing sense of style, but the story was practically nonexistent and the film really seemed to slow to a halt in the middle. The beginning and the ending were fantastic, but, just like I said, the middle dragged a bit.

That's not to say that the f” 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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