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R| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
A stranger (Philip Baker Hall) mentors a young Reno gambler (John C. Reilly) who weds a hooker (Gwyneth Paltrow) and befriends a vulgar casino regular.

Cast: Philip Baker Hall , John C. Reilly , Gwyneth Paltrow , Samuel L. Jackson , F. William Parker , Phillip Seymour Hoffman , Nathanael Cooper , Wynn White

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Columbia Tristar

Hard Eight (1996)

Release Date: February 28th, 1997|1 hr. 36 min.

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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue -- talk literally being cheap compared to action shots. Unfortunately, the script by first-time filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson fails on both counts. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set sleeper. [13 March 1997, p. 8D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us. show more

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