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Paul Thomas Anderson

Hard Eight

Edition 1997
96' - 1996 - Crime, Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Composer: Jon Brion, Michael Penn With: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Sydney is a deadpan professional gambler who operates in the twilight casino world of Reno. He takes John, a younger and somewhat naive man, under his wings after what appears to be a chance encounter. As their relationship develops, John’s confidence grows under Sydney’s tutelage. He falls in love with a waitress and sometimes hooker, Clementine and teams up with Jimmy, an obnoxious but dangerous small time crook who openly challenges Sydney’s influence. Despite Sydney’s attempt to keep John out of trouble, he is soon forced to intervene when John ands Clementine kidnap an over-zealous client and lose control of what becomes a violent situation…

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Paul Thomas Anderson


Jon Brion, Michael Penn


Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow


Paul Thomas Anderson

Director of Photography

Robert Elswit


Barbara Tulliver


Robert Jones, John S. Lyons

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Countries of production

United States of America



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