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Hard Eight
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Hard Eight 1996

From Amazon: Before hitting the big time with his second film Boogie Nights, young filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson impressed critics with this deftly conceived, low-budget film noir chamber piece. With its minimalist plot, deliberate pacing, and brief, but shocking bursts of violence, Hard Eight won't please everyone, but Anderson and his first-rate cast were clearly working on the same authentic wavelength. It's a mystery at first why a solemn professional gambler (Philip Baker Hall in a captivating performance) cares for a down-and-out loser (John C. Reilly) and a dimwit, Reno cocktail waitress (Gwyneth Paltrow). But his motivations become...

Directed By:
Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
Written By:
Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson
No image existsPhilip Baker Hall
John C. ReillyJohn C. Reilly
Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
No image existsRobert Ridgely
No image existsMelora Walters
No image existsF. William Parker
No image existsF. William Parker
No image existsNathanael Cooper
No image existsWynn White
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Hard Eight Movie Review by Tom (12/27/2008)

P.T. Anderson's first always seems to grab me in the beginning, and throughout just continues to pull me in. The quick camera movements, fast zooms, and a beautiful take on balance and symmetry shout auteur.
The dark theme music for the film sets an eerie tone that seems to bubble at times and then seep back into the...

(complete Hard Eight review by Tom)

Hard Eight Movie Review by Rodney (12/22/2007)

not too many films are as subtle, yet unflinchingly bold as Hard Eight. The story is simplistic and easy to pick up. Its the motives surrounding Sydney (Hall) that grabs the audience from the opening scenes and keeps us engaged. Outside of a diner, Sydney meets the unfortunate John (Reilly) who broke even trying to win six...

(complete Hard Eight review by Rodney)

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