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Hard Eight (1997) Movie Information

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Crime, Drama





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Paul Thomas Anderson


Philip Baker Hall
John C. Reilly
Gwyneth Paltrow
Samuel L. Jackson
F. William Parker
Philip Seymour Hoffman





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A tale of love, revenge and redemption, set against the seedy casinos of Reno, Nevada.

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mitchellyoung 02/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The strength of this film is assuredly the acting. C. Reilly and Paltrow's improv-ish, stammering performances lie in stark contrast to Philip Baker Hall's grave and precise character. The film does SO much with very little action and it's all due to the masterful handling of characters we care about and a believable situation that is directed well. This is one of PT Anderson's best and earliest works and also a tour-de-force job by John C. Reilly, who stands out here in a desperate role.

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VERY good movie.The ONLY movie I liked of John C. Reilly where hes not in a comedy

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Armando Sanchez 02/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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truly one of th greates films of all time.Paul Thomas Anderson is amazing at not only dericting,but writing this masterpiece of this film.people wonder why there isen't that much action or violence in this's because this films main character is drama and emotions.and MR.ANDERSON is good at doing just that.the dialogue in this film was as well great.Phillip Baker Hall and John C.Rieley are amazing in this film.check it out,it's worth all your time.

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07/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The candid thriller the world is missing.

After viewing it one more time, I've grown to love Paul Thomas Anderson's film debut 'Hard Eight'.

Anderson had the correct piece of work in mind when he made this film. It is as flawless as a first-time project can get, and this movie shows it through all the strong points of drama, that outweigh the lower ones such as action significantly.

Hard Eight has a sense of style that is both simple and complicated. PTA's use of Steadicam and focus were fantastic, used often to focus on plot elements, such as cigarettes and coffee.
As always, his use of focus is great.

The screenplay is filled with excellent ambiguity and characters. Sydney seems to be the title character, because he is the most mysterious.
I will go as far as saying these characters are written near perfectly. Every ...

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11/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The type of film where simplicity in direction and grandeur in terms of performances works best instead of flashy action scenes.Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) gives advise to a distraught man named John (John C. Reilly). He teaches him the ropes and introduces Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow) while befriending Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson). Each artist can definitely hold their own, but Philip Baker Hall makes this movie work in all levels. Screenplay and pace of the plot was perfection. Best lines: Syd - " It's always good to meet a new friend. I'll see you later." John - "...everything cool?" Score was applicable for its genre. Entertainment value was high from start to its unexpected conclusion. Hard Eight is probably one of the most underrated thriller crime flicks produced about conseque...

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