Hard Eight

Hard Eight

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Philip Baker Hall and John C Reilly star in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut as gamblers—one a professional, the other a broke loser hoping to learn the tricks of the trade. It all seems to be going well until a cocktail waitress (Gwyneth Paltrow) walks into their lives. Co-stars Samuel L Jackson and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

1996Rating: R102 minsUSA
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Hard Eight | Reviews

81%48 reviews

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Gamblers live for the moment - for the next bet, the one that will take them over the top - and this gilt-edged noir contraption is an enjoyable wallow in life-is-a-craps-table existentialism.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

It's done with such intelligence and feeling, and such a brilliant cast, that it grips our attention from first shuffle to last bet.

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Total Film

Total Film

Although it tries to be clever, knowing and gritty, Hard Eight is never more than boring.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

This first feature by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is impressive for its lean and unblemished storytelling, but even more so for its performances.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Just a soupcon of livelier drama would have improved the proceedings considerably.

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Hard Eight | Release Details

Hard Eight is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.