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Hard Eight

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Hard Eight


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Sydney, a poker-faced professional gambler plays guardian angel to unlucky John and his girlfriend. When John's and his bride's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, the gambler takes care of it as usual. But when a slick casino pro threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and not leave anything to chance.
Title: Hard eight
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Columbia TriStar Home Video,, 1999.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Rated R.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Side A is a widescreen presentation; Side B is a full screen presentation.
Summary: Sydney, a poker-faced professional gambler plays guardian angel to unlucky John and his girlfriend. When John's and his bride's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, the gambler takes care of it as usual. But when a slick casino pro threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and not leave anything to chance.
ISBN: 0767824539
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Report This Dec 28, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Hard Eight” is the debut film of its 26 year-old director, Paul Thomas Anderson. Compared to movies like “There will be Blood,” “The Master,” and “Magnolia,” it is a quite conventional film. It starts with an elderly stranger helping out a young man who is relatively penniless. It seems to be a film about Nevada casino gambling strategies and then continues with impulsive behavior that turns the movie towards the realm of film noir.

This is a movie that defies classification. The main characters are imperfect human beings traveling through the seedy corners of society. None of us would ever identify with any of them but yet the movie does make us feel certain sympathy and contempt for one or the other. I do think it is a very good movie very much worth watching. Not a date movie, not a movie to see with buddies or with a lot of distraction. Rather a contemplative experience. Samuel Jackson has an important and difficult supporting role that he plays with great credibility; you watch him here and you can then see why he was such a great choice for co-starring in Pulp-Fiction. Really great. Paltrow also is superb playing the extraordinary difficult part the leading lady. My hat off to both.

stylish but also somewhat dark. a bit serious, sober.

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