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Release Date:
28 February 1997 (USA) See more »
When good luck is a long shot, you have to hedge your bets. See more »
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Philip Baker Hall ... Sydney

John C. Reilly ... John

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Clementine

Samuel L. Jackson ... Jimmy

F. William Parker ... Hostage

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... 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

Melora Walters ... Jimmy's Girl
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
Carrie McVey ... El Dorado Cashier
Truman Robbins ... Pastor (voice) (as Pastor Truman Robbins)
Ernie Anderson ... Pants on Fire Person
Wendy Weidman ... Pants on Fire Person
Jason 'Jake' Cross ... Pants on Fire Person

Directed by
Paul Thomas Anderson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Thomas Anderson  written by

Produced by
Hans Brockmann .... executive producer
François Duplat .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... producer
Daniel Lupi .... co-producer
John S. Lyons .... producer (as John Lyons)
Helene Mulholland .... associate producer
Keith Samples .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jon Brion 
Michael Penn 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit 
Film Editing by
Barbara Tulliver 
Casting by
Christine Sheaks 
Production Design by
Nancy Deren 
Art Direction by
Michael Krantz 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff 
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
Makeup Department
Lydia Milars .... key hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... key makeup artist
Alyson Murphy .... key hair stylist
Alyson Murphy .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel P. Collins .... unit manager (as Dan Collins)
Craig Markey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wayne Gee .... second second assistant director
Rip Murray .... first assistant director
Toni Whiteman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Bashford .... lead man
Steve Brennan .... set dresser
Lloyd Brown .... on-set dresser
T.C. Chappelow .... set dresser
Mark Cocucci .... carpenter
Tony Cocucci .... carpenter
Tim Cohn .... set dresser
Bob Cryderman .... construction foreman
Mark Harrington .... property master
Emily Hull .... assistant props
Rob Lorentzen .... carpenter
Martin Milligan .... on-set dresser
Scott James Sasz .... construction coordinator
Min Siegel .... art department coordinator (as Min D. Siegel)
Stella Starlight .... scenic artist
Michael S. Stencil .... scenic artist (as Michael Scott Stencil)
Paula Williams .... assistant to the designer
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... foley recordist
John Brasher .... re-recording mixer
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Demskey)
Diana Eljabri .... foley assistant
Jim Eustace .... foley assistant
Eric Hoeschen .... adr mixer
Eric Hoeschen .... foley mixer
Marty Hutcherson .... re-recording mixer
Carlos Isais .... sound recordist
Richard King .... sound designer
Kevin Kubota .... boom operator
Cailey Milito .... foley assistant
Tim O'Connell .... foley recordist
Jeffrey R. Payne .... sound editor (as Jeffrey R. Paine)
Doug Reed .... foley artist
John Sievert .... foley artist
Casey Stone .... additional recording engineer
Virginia Storey .... foley artist
Mark Weingarten .... production sound mixer (as Mark Deren)
Stephen Barden .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Nancy Lee Bleisch .... assistant post-production sound coordinator (uncredited)
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Nick Ketter .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Daniel Pellerin .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lou Carlucci .... special effects: FTS EFX, Inc.
Bobby Burns .... stunt double: Mr. Hall (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Booth .... electrician
Kelly Clear .... gaffer
Jason 'Jake' Cross .... grip
Martha Fay .... best boy electric
James Irons .... best boy grip (as James "Crash" Irons)
Bob Ivanjack .... dolly grip
Scott Medcalf .... electrician
Michael Melvin .... additional electrician
Steven Mesner .... camera loader
Sean Hunter Moe .... second assistant camera
Alan Parr .... dolly grip (as Al Parr)
Stephen Pizzo .... additional electrician (as Stephen G. Pizzo)
Michael G. Riba .... first assistant camera (as Michael Riba)
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
David W. Slodki .... electrician (as David Slodki)
Tim Soronen .... grip (as Tim 'Stuffy' Soronen)
Rick Stribling .... key grip
Nathan Sweet .... additional grip
Mark Tillie .... still photographer
Arthur D. Whitehead .... electrician (as Art Whitehead)
Nersi Elahi .... grip electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marjorie Noble .... location casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Huggans .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda J. McCarthy .... assistant costume designer (as Linda McCarthy)
Editorial Department
Lin Coleman .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Lenge Hong .... assistant editor
Fred Raskin .... post-production assistant
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor (as Steve Rickert)
Joan Sobel .... post-production assistant
Dylan Tichenor .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Daniel Kahn .... location assistant
Suzanne Lutz .... location manager
Music Department
Rick Baptist .... musician: trumpet
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... musician: alto horn (as Steve Fitzmaurice)
Brian Foraker .... music mixer
Brian Foraker .... music recordist
Glen Hollman .... musician: upright bass
Patrick Warren .... musician: chamberlin and keyboards
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al Boone .... transportation captain
Mike Clark .... driver (as Michael Clark)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Knowlton .... transportation co-captain
Glen McRaven .... driver
Ron Pope .... transportation office contact
Jerry Snaiczuk .... additional driver (as Jerry Snajczuk)
Chris Waldoch .... transportation co-captain (as Christopher Waldock)
Brian Apt .... transportation office (uncredited)
Other crew
Nan Baker .... production assistant
Adam Block .... production auditor
Yvette Brestyanszky .... production associate
Valeria Migliassi Collins .... production coordinator
Ryan Dabney .... security officer
Tyrone D. Dixon .... assistant accountant (as Tyrone Dixon)
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... production assistant
Justin Hay-Chapman .... production assistant
Kris Hemenway .... craft service
Elizabeth Ludwick-Bax .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Ludwick)
Sean M. McAllen .... unit intern
Sue McGibben .... security officer
Mark Moelter .... cook
Jake Paltrow .... set production assistant
Michael J. Pierce .... set production assistant (as Michael Pierce)
Lisa Reed .... office assistant
Alexandra Schultze .... production associate
Mark Seagraves .... assistant cook
George Sheanshang .... production counsel
Michael T. Shultz .... caterer: Sunrise Catering
Dennis Stay .... dailies runner: Los Angeles
David Diamond .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Carsten Meyer-Grohbrügge .... assistant: Francois Duplant (uncredited)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Amanda Anderson .... special thanks
Ernie Anderson .... special thanks
Joe Ball .... special thanks
Stanley DeSantis .... very special thanks
Alison Dickey .... special thanks (as Allison Dickey)
Robert Downey Sr. .... special thanks: a prince
Scott Frank .... special thanks
Martin Gage .... special thanks
Billy Gottlieb .... special thanks
Todd Graff .... special thanks
Carla Hacken .... special thanks
Mark Halloran .... special thanks
Robert Harvey .... special thanks (as Bob Harvey)
Robin Holabird .... special thanks
Perri Kipperman .... special thanks
Rick Kurtzman .... special thanks
Richard LaGravenese .... special thanks
Michael Lazo .... special thanks
John Lesher .... special thanks
Lloyd Levin .... special thanks
Kevin O'Shea .... special thanks
Jarre Payne .... special thanks
Richard Pryor .... special thanks
Karyn Rachtman .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks (as Stacy Sher)
Andy Slater .... special thanks
Leonard Torgan .... special thanks
Barbara Tulliver .... extra special thanks: slavish devotion, support and guidance
Steve Van Anda .... special thanks
Wendy Weidman .... special thanks
Joyce Wolfe .... special thanks
Jeremy Zimmer .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sydney" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for strong language, some violence and sexuality
102 min | USA:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (video rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

When Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) have their confrontation, Jimmy mentions that he knows Sydney's friends Floyd Gondolli and Jimmy Gator. In Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, Boogie Nights (1997), Philip Baker Hall plays Floyd Gondolli. In Anderson's followup to Boogie Nights, Magnolia (1999), Philip Baker Hall plays Jimmy Gator.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Sydney goes to Jimmy's house, daylight is visible in one shot (although it was night outside from the shot before) and then it is night time again.See more »
Sydney:Never ignore a man's courtesy.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Midnight Run (1988)See more »
Love Is FreeSee more »


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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful!, 26 August 2002
Author: Julia2 from NYC

Philip Baker Hall's Sidney kept me riveted from the first scene to the last. He play the mesmerizing, enigmatic title character with rare mastery and grace. The supporting characters are no slouches either. John C. Reilly is marvelous as Sidney's sweet, if somewhat slow witted protege. Samuel Jackson could have easily coasted on this one, simply repeating a performance from any of a number of previous tough guy types. Instead he creates an entirely new character, one with a reptilian quality not seen in his usual thugs. Even Gwenyth Paltrow is unusually strong as Clem, the waitress who wants it understood that, even if she sometimes sleeps with men for money, she is definitely NOT a prostitute.

I've been a fan of PT Anderson for a while now, and this film gave me new insight into why it is I like him so much. Anderson is that great rarity in modern filmmaking, an actor's director. He gathers terrific actors and inspires them to career-topping performances. There's no fiendishly complex plot here, no nailbiting suspense, no big payoff at the end. Just marvelous actors making the most of an excellent script.

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