Sydney (Hall) is a pro gambler who's a soft touch for hard luck cases. So when he meets John (Reilly), a stranger who's just burned through his savings in Vegas, the veteran decides to teach the rookie the secrets of the game. They have a great run in Reno... until John hooks up with Clementine (Paltrow), a part-time prostitute and Jimmy (Jackson), a slick casino insider. Now, a bungled ransom scheme threatens to turn all of their lives upside down in this gripping drama filled with devastating secrets, ruthless betrayals and deadly intentions.
The other side of Vegas
- Hard Eight review by Jawbreaker
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Hard Eight is the debut film from Paul Thomas Anderson, who not directed but wrote the script. It confirms his talent, promise and extreme confidence as a filmmaker. This is a Vegas film with a difference tackling the dark undercurrent of the Strip, a film that keeps you guessing until the very end. A great cast seem to enjoy the dialogue and style employed by Anderson, with long takes continuing beyond the norm. Hard Eight has been overlooked by many, do check it out.