Hard Eight (1996) 1080p YIFY Movie

Hard Eight (1996) 1080p

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

IMDB: 7.31 Likes

  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.62G
  • Resolution: 1920*1080 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 96
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 3 / 20

The Synopsis for Hard Eight (1996) 1080p

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.

The Director and Players for Hard Eight (1996) 1080p

[Role:Director]Paul Thomas Anderson
[Role:]Philip Baker Hall
[Role:]John C. Reilly
[Role:]Samuel L. Jackson
[Role:]Gwyneth Paltrow

The Reviews for Hard Eight (1996) 1080p

Off-beat casino dramaReviewed byDeeNine-2Vote: 7/10

This is also known as "Sydney" (director Paul Thomas Anderson's original title) after the name of the movie's central character, a somewhat mysterious casino gambler (and murderer, by the way) played by veteran Philip Baker Hall. The new and more commercially-viable title comes from the game of craps in which the dice player can roll an eight with a six and a two or with a five and a three or with two fours. Since probabilistically the hardest way to roll an eight is with two fours, that's called a "hard eight." Such a choice occurs twice in the movie, and symbolically a "hard eight" may represent the gambler's psychology.

Co-starring as Sydney's protégé is John C. Reilly as John Finnegan, a kind of lovable schmuck who falls in love with a Reno waitress/prostitute named Clementine, played quirkily by Gwyneth Paltrow. Samuel L. Jackson has a modest but very convincing part as a casino security sleaze.

Anderson's direction of these very talented actors was excellent. I wish I could say the same for his script. Most viewers I suspect will find this a bit dull; and, as it unfolds and we find out why Sydney is playing guardian angel to John, viewers may even be disappointed. I know I was. I had expected something original as Sydney's motivation, but what we learn in the last reel is quite ordinary (as movie motivations go).

What kept me watching was of course trying to figure out what makes Sydney tick and why and how he can spend his time so aimlessly gambling (and almost always losing), and where his money comes from. I also was intrigued by the originality of Anderson's treatment as opposed to his story per se. The stylized, slightly "off" dialogue, especially well-suited to Reilly's studied interpretation and Philip Baker Hall's inscrutability, reminded me of something that might have been written by David Mamet or even Quentin Taratino. Finally I was interested in seeing how Paltrow would play a role seemingly quite removed from her screen persona. I thought the delicate and very winning star of Shakespeare in Love (1998), etc., worked hard to create the sort of lower-class, uneducated, "victim" of the Las Vegas/ Reno casino culture that Anderson had in mind, and I thought she did it well. However, hers was not a sympathetic role and it did not test Paltrow's range as a actress, although playing a prostitute is something many actresses find interesting. I am thinking of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (1990) and Elizabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) or even Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1967).

Bottom line here is that this is a studied, "arty" movie well worth seeing because of the performances and as an example of Anderson's unique style, but not something for a mass audience or for those viewers looking for a diverting thriller.

But see this for Philip Baker Hall, one of those rare actors to actually find his best roles and do his best work in his sixties. Indeed, his performance here revitalized a career that had long languished. In this regard I am reminded of the Swedish actor Victor Sjostrom who gave perhaps his greatest performance in Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) when he was 80 years old. Although I have seen little of Hall's work, I am willing to bet that this was one of his greatest performances.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

Woefully predictableReviewed byRupertbickleVote: 7/10

This movie is so bad. I find it hard to believe that anyone likes this film but that seems to some that PT Anderson can do no wrong. Whilst Anderson's other films are passable (but overrated), this one is filled with clichés and wooden acting. None of the dialogue is original; every single line has appeared in another film before it. The characters are banal stereotypes. The old mentor teaching a sassy, overconfident maverick has been done to death. I found the character of "Sydney" (apparently the original title to the film) offered nothing to the world of ideas and Philip Baker Hall could have mailed in his performance from the set of one of his many other films that he "acts" in (this guy is not very picky when it comes to choosing parts). I can see why the distributors changed the name from this inane character but the later title is probably worse. When Sydney talks about "the hard eight" in the film I was filled with the nausea that always comes from a gratuitous reference to the title within the film. As for John Reilly, I don't know what his strengths are but I often assume it is knowing people with talent. If you are one of the people who thinks that Reilly is talented then this may be the film for you. But if you are looking for someone who can go beyond being himself in a film then Reilly's performance will surely disappoint. Forget the art-house raves; this is a film to avoid at all costs.

Reviewed byJulia2Vote: 9/10/10

Philip Baker Hall's Sidney kept me riveted from the first scene to thelast.He play the mesmerizing, enigmatic title character with rare mastery andgrace. The supporting characters are no slouches either. John C. Reilly ismarvelous as Sidney's sweet, if somewhat slow witted protege. SamuelJacksoncould have easily coasted on this one, simply repeating a performance fromany of a number of previous tough guy types. Instead he creates an entirelynew character, one with a reptilian quality not seen in his usual thugs.Even Gwenyth Paltrow is unusually strong as Clem, the waitress who wants itunderstood that, even if she sometimes sleeps with men for money, she isdefinitely NOT a prostitute.

I've been a fan of PT Anderson for a while now, and this film gave me newinsight into why it is I like him so much. Anderson is that great rarity inmodern filmmaking, an actor's director. He gathers terrific actors andinspires them to career-topping performances. There's no fiendishly complexplot here, no nailbiting suspense, no big payoff at the end. Just marvelousactors making the most of an excellent script.

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