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2,417 Ratings

Hard Eight


Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, 1996
Drama, Thriller, Crime


A professional gambler takes a penniless stranger under his wing and shows him how to make a living in the Nevada casino world in this American indie crime drama.

Hard Eight Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Critics reviews

It lacks Anderson’s signature grandiosity – or, perhaps, more accurately, the Anderson grandiosity is muted – so it offers an opportunity to examine his approach to character and performance undistracted by the cinematic excess which overwhelms much of his subsequent work.
March 14, 2015
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A pared-down crime thriller set mainly in Reno, this first feature by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is impressive for its lean and unblemished storytelling, but even more so for its performances.
February 28, 1997
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