• Hard Eight (1997)

Hard Eight

Release Date: February 28th, 1997

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 1999

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, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nathanael Cooper, Wynn White

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Rysher Entertainment

Keywords: Friendship , Pursuit , Emotional ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA 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]

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago 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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