Hard Eight

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Sydney is a deadpan professional gambler who operates in the twilight casino world of Reno. He takes John, a younger and somewhat naive man, under his wing after what appears to be a chance encounter. As their relationship develops, John's confidence grows under Sydney's tutelage. He falls in love with a waitress and sometime hooker, Clementine and teams up with Jimmy, an obnoxious but dangerous small time crook who openly challenges Sydney's influence. Despite Sydney's attempt to keep John out of trouble, he is soon forced to intervene when John and Clementine kidnap an over-zealous client and lose control of what becomes a violent situation...

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall, F. William Parker
Produced by: Robert Jones, John Lyons
Original Music by: Michael Penn, Jon Brion

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