Hard Eight

Hard Eight
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Dual Side - Single Layer
Side A:
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35:1
  • Dolby Surround - English
Additional Release Material:
  • Audio Commentary:
    1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Director, Philip Baker Hall - Star
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson - Director, Michelle Satter - Sundance Film Institute, Philip Baker Hall - Star, Crew, with Isolated Music Score
  • Deleted Scene - 1. "The Kiss"
  • Bonus Scenes from Sundance Film Institute:
    1. "The Coffee Shop"
    2. "Jimmy Threatens Sydney"
    3. "The Phone Call"
  • Original Theatrical Trailers - 2
Text/Photo Galleries:
  • Biographies:
    1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Writer/ Director
    2. Philip Baker Hall - Star
    3. Gwyneth Paltrow - Star
    4. Samuel L. Jackson - Star
    5. John C. Reilly - Star
Interactive Features:
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
Side B
Aspect Ratio: Pan & Scan - 1.33:1

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Director of Photography:
Executive Production by , &

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 01/01/1998
"...Evocative, memorable....In HARD EIGHT, Anderson and his brilliant quartet prove that they know a great many questions..."
USA Today - 03/13/1997
"...Jackson play one of his scarier characters....[Hall is] superb here..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Variety - 02/05/1996
"Four excellent lead performances, vividly evoked ambience and a masterfully sustained mood of quiet desperation mark SYDNEY as an impressive piece of work..."
New York Times - 02/28/1997
"...[A] beautifully controlled, slow-moving film....The acting is wonderfully understated, economical and unsentimental..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/28/1997
"...A perfectly modulated mystery....With some terrific hand-held camera work by Robert Elswit..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/28/1997
"...It's about these specific people in this place and time, and that's why it's so good: It listens and sees....[Hall gives] another great performance..."

Plot Synopsis:

HARD EIGHT is a tale of greed, murder, and deceit in Las Vegas. When an ex-hit man turned professional gambler takes on a young protégé, he deals into more than he expected when the younger man brings aboard a part-time hooker and a two-bit swindler, both with agendas of their own.

Plot Keywords:

Betrayal | Blackmail | Kidnapping And Missing Persons | Lowlife | Prostitution | Scams And Cons | Theatrical Release | Vengeance

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 28, 1997.
  • Filmed on location in Reno, Nevada.
  • HARD EIGHT originally premiered in September 1996 at the Deauville Film Festival under director Paul Thomas Anderson's preferred title, SYDNEY, which was changed by the studio executives.
  • Much of HARD EIGHT originated from the short film, CIGARETTES AND COFFEE, which Anderson made in 1993, which led to a fellowship at the Sundance Film Institute.
  • Anderson wrote much of this film with John C. Reilly in mind even before the two had ever met.
  • Anderson's father, Ernie Anderson, can be seen in the film, as one of the people in the "pants on fire" scene.
  • In one scene, Jimmy tells Sydney about people they both know, and lists the names Floyd Gondolli, Jimmy Gator, and Mumbles O'Malley. Actor Philip Baker Hall played Floyd Gondolli in BOOGIE NIGHTS and Jimmy Gator in MAGNOLIA.

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  • UPC: 043396810396
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