Hard Eight

Lists: Drama, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "John has lost all his money. He sits outside a diner in the desert when Sydney happens along, buys him coffee, then takes him to Reno and shows him how to get a free room without losing much money. Under Sydney's fatherly tutelage, John becomes a successful small-time professional gambler, and all is well, until he falls for Clementine, a cocktail waitress and sometimes hooker. Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut."

Overall Ranking: 687 (Rank from 1996: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Philip Baker Hall (Sydney)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (Clementine)
  • John C. Reilly (John)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Jimmy)
  • F. William Parker (Hostage)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Young Craps Player)
  • Melora Walters (Jimmys Girl)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Director)