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Hard Eight (1996)
"Sydney" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  28 February 1997 (USA)
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John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing ... See full summary »

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Cast

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John
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Jimmy
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Hostage
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Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Nathanael Cooper ...
Restroom Attendant
Wynn White ...
Waitress
Robert Ridgely ...
Keno Bar Manager
Kathleen Campbell ...
Keno Girl
Michael J. Rowe ...
Pit Boss
Peter D'Allesandro ...
Bartender
Steve Blane ...
Stickman
Xaleese ...
Cocktail Waitress
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Jimmy's Girl
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Storyline

John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementine, a cocktail waitress and sometimes hooker. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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If you stay in the game long enough, you'll see everything, win everything, and lose everything. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,486 (USA) (28 February 1997)

Gross:

$142,356 (USA) (7 March 1997)
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Paul Thomas Anderson wanted to shoot the film in the anamorphic format, and even mentioned this in the screenplay. Budget constraints ruled out renting anamorphic lenses, so instead the film was shot with cheaper spherical lenses in Super 35, which Anderson hated. All of his subsequent films have been shot in anamorphic, until The Master (2012). See more »

Goofs

Camera operator's shadow visible on the ground during the first scene where Sydney meets John (full-frame version only). See more »

Quotes

Sydney: You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front!
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Christmastime
Music by Jon Brion and Michael Penn
Performed by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
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Sydney or Hard Eight Excellent movie 10/10
5 March 2001 | by (West Midlands,England) – See all my reviews

Paul Thomas Anderson's first movie and wow what an entrance to make. Its refreshing to see a film maker making films with characters that you care about and fine dialogue. Why dont people talk in movies any more? If you think the same watch this film. This film is an absolute treat right from the opening scene, a true hidden gem which didnt even get a release in the UK!!! You will see some of the finest performances in film and be warned you will remember these characters for the rest of your life. 10/10 awsome!


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