Hard Eight

June 25, 2014

Paul Thomas Anderson's thrilling first film is a modern-day noir about a gambler (John C. Reilly) who finds a mentor in Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall), a wise and wizened professional card sharp. 

But Sydney is hiding a devastating secret, and when a young cocktail waitress (Gwyneth Paltrow) enters their life, both men become embroiled in murder, prostitution and kidnapping. 

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Principal Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson
Country: USA
Year: 1997
Running Time: 102 Minutes