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Hard Eight ()

Sydney (original title)
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Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

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Sydney
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John
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Clementine
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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
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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
Jean Langer ...
Cashier
Andy Breen ...
Groom
Renee Breen ...
Bride
Jane W. Brimmer ...
Aladdin Cashier
Mark Finizza ...
Desk Clerk
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Floorman
Cliff Keeley ...
Aladdin Change Booth Attendant
Carrie McVey ...
El Dorado Cashier
Truman Robbins ...
Pastor (voice) (as Pastor Truman Robbins)
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Pants on Fire Person
Wendy Weidman ...
Pants on Fire Person
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Pants on Fire Person

Directed by

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Paul Thomas Anderson

Written by

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Paul Thomas Anderson ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Jon Brion
Michael Penn

Cinematography by

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Robert Elswit

Film Editing by

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Barbara Tulliver

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Christine Sheaks

Production Design by

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Nancy Deren

Art Direction by

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Michael Krantz

Set Decoration by

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David A. Koneff

Costume Design by

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Mark Bridges

Makeup Department

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Lydia Milars ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Alyson Murphy ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

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Daniel P. Collins ... unit manager (as Dan Collins)
Craig Markey ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wayne Gee ... second second assistant director
Rip Murray ... first assistant director
Toni Whiteman ... second assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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 / 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

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Lou Carlucci ... special effects: FTS EFX, Inc.

Stunts

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Bobby Burns ... stunt double: Mr. Hall (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
Cliff Cudney ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Marjorie Noble ... location casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kathleen Huggans ... wardrobe supervisor
Linda J. McCarthy ... assistant costume designer (as Linda McCarthy)

Location Management

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Daniel Kahn ... location assistant
Suzanne Lutz ... location manager

Music Department

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Rick Baptist ... musician: trumpet
Stephen Fitzmaurice ... musician: alto horn (as Steve Fitzmaurice)
Brian Foraker ... music mixer / music recordist
Glen Hollman ... musician: upright bass
Patrick Warren ... musician: chamberlin and keyboards
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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)
Mike Anderson ... driver (uncredited)
Brian Apt ... transportation office (uncredited)
Steve Larson ... transportation office assistant (uncredited)

Other crew

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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
Gabrielle Bourne ... distribution coordinator (uncredited)
David Diamond ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Carsten Meyer-Grohbrügge ... assistant: Francois Duplant (uncredited)
Adam D. Wright ... distribution executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines When good luck is a long shot, you have to hedge your bets. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hard Eight (United States)
  • Hard Eight (United States, English title)
  • Hard Eight (World-wide, English title)
  • Double mise (France)
  • Hard Eight (France)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $69,486, 02 Mar 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia Paul Thomas Anderson's original title for this film was "Sydney". Since it was his first film, and he had basically no control over it (much less final cut, like he's had on his other features since), Rysher Entertainment re-cut the film and retitled it "Hard Eight". This enraged Anderson, and through many talks and deals, he convinced the studio to let him release his cut, but with the new title "Hard Eight". Anderson later said this experience taught him that doing your best to make the best possible movie was only "half the job" when being a director. The other half was dealing with all of the egos involved. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Private Parts/Hard Eight/Donnie Brasco/Smilla's Sense of Snow/Booty Call (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Christmastime 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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