Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996)
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Average Rating: 7/10
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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Before his commercial breakthrough with Boogie Nights (1997), writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson made this low-key drama. John (John C. Reilly), a half-bright loser stranded in Reno, is down to his last few bucks when Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall), taking pity on him, buys him breakfast and offers him a few tips on making money in the casinos. Two years later, John has become Sydney's partner, but his lack of common sense goes from problematic to dangerous when he falls in love with Clementine
Jan 20, 1996 Wide
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Anderson coaxes top-notch performances from the male leads and also from Gwyneth Paltrow.
Has ... meaning and truth, not to mention scarred humanity.
It's hugely refreshing to watch a movie populated almost exclusively by character actors.
There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention.
Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.
Estréia de Anderson, mostra que o diretor sempre teve talento para contar histórias, embora ainda não tivesse confiança o bastante para criar as belas tomadas e movimentos de câmera que marcam seus trabalhos posteriores.
A comedy without humor, a tragedy without emotion, and a story without meaning.
Anderson's screenplay is full of superb dialogue and has some unexpected twists.
In many ways this film reminds me of Melville's wonderful film, Bob The Gambler...
Odds are you'll like getting to the revealing good stuff. There are more than a few reasons why.
This being an acting piece, the four performances are of a very high order.
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- Sydney: Never ignore a man's courtesy.
- Sydney: Good that you have such a sturdy sense of responsibility.
- Sydney: You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front!
- Sydney: This is a very fucked up situation.
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