Hard Eight

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Columbia TriStar Home Video | October 12, 1999 | DVD

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson scores big with this debut film, an engaging look at four very different people living in Reno, Nevada. The heart of Hard Eight is Sydney (Philip Baker Hall), a wise old gambler who takes a down-on-his-luck kid named John (John C. Reilly) under his wing. The two become friends and John becomes a kind of protégé to Sydney, who teaches him how to make money in the casino. John meets and falls in love with Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), a waitress who hooks on the side, mostly because she can't think of a better way to make money. Then John meets Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson), a two-bit hood who likes to talk big. And Sydney knows that trouble is just around the corner… The acting in this film is wonderful, making it an absorbingly well-crafted character-study.

Video Release: October 12, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1997

Runtime: 101

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396810396

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Hard Eight

Hard Eight

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Video Release: October 12, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1997

Runtime: 101

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396810396


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

A tale of greed, murder, and deceit in Las Vegas. When an ex-hit man turned professional gambler takes on a young protege, he deals into more than he expected when the younger man brings aboard a part-time hooker and a two-bit swindler, both with agendas of their own. Good intentions lead to kidnapping, blackmail, and ultimately death as hidden pasts return to haunt the living and forgotten secrets are exposed by the callous eye of avarice.

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A tale of greed, murder, and deceit in Las Vegas. When an ex-hit man turned professional gambler takes on a young protege, he deals into more than he expected when the younger man brings aboard a part-time hooker and a two-bit swindler, both with agendas of their own. Good intentions lead to kidnapping, blackmail, and ultimately death as hidden pasts return to haunt the living and forgotten secrets are exposed by the callous eye of avarice.

Notes

DVD Features: Special Edition Region 1 Encoding Keep Case 2 Audio Commentaries (PT Anderson, Cast and Crew) Deleted Scene 3 Sundance Institute Filmmaker Lab Scenes Theatrical Trailer
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