Hard Eight

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Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) is a poker-faced professional gambler with a soft heart for a hard luck story. He plays guardian angel to unlucky John (John C. Reilly) and a hooker, Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), whom he grows to love like a family. read more
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Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) is a poker-faced professional gambler with a soft heart for a hard luck story. He plays guardian angel to unlucky John (John C. Reilly) and a hooker, Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), whom he grows to love like a family. When John and Clementine's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, Sydney takes care of it, as usual. But when slick casino pro Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson) threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past that could destroy his relationship with the newlyweds, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and leaves nothing to chance.

Original Release

02/28/1996

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Cast

Philip Baker Hall Sydney
Gwyneth Paltrow Clementine
Samuel L. Jackson Jimmy
F. William Parker Hostage
Philip Seymour Hoffman Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Melora Walters Jimmy's Girl
Robert Ridgely Keno Bar Manager
Nathanael Cooper Restroom Attendant
Wynn White Waitress
Kathleen Campbell Keno Girl
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Paul Thomas Anderson

Writers

Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast

Philip Baker Hall Sydney
Gwyneth Paltrow Clementine
Samuel L. Jackson Jimmy
F. William Parker Hostage
Philip Seymour Hoffman Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Melora Walters Jimmy's Girl
Robert Ridgely Keno Bar Manager
Nathanael Cooper Restroom Attendant
Wynn White Waitress
Kathleen Campbell Keno Girl
Michael J. Rowe Pit Boss
Peter D'Allesandro Bartender
Steve Blane Stickman
Jean Langer Cashier
Andy Breen Groom
Renee Breen Bride
Jane W. Brimmer Aladdin Cashier
Mark Finizza Desk Clerk
Richard Gross Floorman
Cliff Keeley Aladdin Change Booth Attendant

Producers

Hans Brockmann Executive Producer
François Duplat Executive Producer
Keith Samples Executive Producer
Robert Jones Producer
John S. Lyons Producer
Keith Samples Producer
Daniel Lupi Producer
Helene Mulholland Producer

Editors

Barbara Tulliver

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