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* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo as the man standing in front of John when the matches in John's pocket catch fire.

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* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson]], Creator/ErnieAnderson, who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo as the man standing in front of John when the matches in John's pocket catch fire.


Sydney (Hall) is a ProfessionalGambler who finds John (Reilly) outside a diner one day, broke and alone. Sydney offers to help John find a way to make some money; John at first resists, thinking Sydney is a DirtyOldMan, but eventually agrees to be helped. [[TimeSkip Two years later]], Sydney has become a ParentalSubstitute for John, and the two are inseparable. John ends up falling in love with, and marrying, Clementine (Paltrow), a cocktail waitress/prostitute. However, they get into a bad situation that Sydney has to help them out of. To make matters, worse, John's friend Jimmy (Jackson) knows about [[DarkSecret Sydney's past]].

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Sydney (Hall) is a ProfessionalGambler who finds John (Reilly) outside a diner one day, broke and alone. Sydney offers to help John find a way to make some money; John at first resists, thinking Sydney is a DirtyOldMan, but eventually agrees to be helped. [[TimeSkip Two years later]], Sydney has become a ParentalSubstitute for John, and the two are inseparable. John ends up falling in love with, and marrying, Clementine (Paltrow), a cocktail waitress/prostitute. However, they get into a bad situation that Sydney has to help them out of. To make matters, worse, John's friend Jimmy (Jackson) knows about [[DarkSecret Sydney's past]].
past]], and knows just why Sydney has taken John under his wing.


* DeadpanSnarker: Syndney's endlessly one for a witty turn of phrase.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Syndney's Sydney's endlessly one for a witty turn of phrase.



* ProfessionalGambler: Sidney, and he mentors John into one, himself. Jimmy is apparently one, himself.

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* ProfessionalGambler: Sidney, Sydney, and he mentors John into one, himself. Jimmy is apparently one, himself.


'''''Hard Eight''''' is a 1996 drama written and directed by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson. It was his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

Sydney is a ProfessionalGambler who finds John outside a diner one day, broke and alone. Sydney offers to help John find a way to make some money; John at first resists, thinking Sydney is a DirtyOldMan, but eventually agrees to be helped. [[TimeSkip Two years later]], Sydney has become a ParentalSubstitute for John, and the two are inseparable. John ends up falling in love with, and marrying, Clementine, a cocktail waitress/prostitute. However, they get into a bad situation that Sydney has to help them out of. To make matters, worse, John's friend Jimmy knows about [[DarkSecret Sydney's past]].

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'''''Hard Eight''''' ''Hard Eight'' is a 1996 drama crime thriller written and directed by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson. It was his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

Sydney (Hall) is a ProfessionalGambler who finds John (Reilly) outside a diner one day, broke and alone. Sydney offers to help John find a way to make some money; John at first resists, thinking Sydney is a DirtyOldMan, but eventually agrees to be helped. [[TimeSkip Two years later]], Sydney has become a ParentalSubstitute for John, and the two are inseparable. John ends up falling in love with, and marrying, Clementine, Clementine (Paltrow), a cocktail waitress/prostitute. However, they get into a bad situation that Sydney has to help them out of. To make matters, worse, John's friend Jimmy (Jackson) knows about [[DarkSecret Sydney's past]].



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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "You shot his father in the face."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "You shot his father in the face."]]"]]
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* ProfessionalGambler: Sidney, and he mentors John into one, himself. Jimmy is apparently one, himself.


'''''Hard Eight''''' is a drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, and his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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'''''Hard Eight''''' is a 1996 drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, written and directed by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson. It was his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.


* CastingGag: Philip Baker Hall's character Sydney is intended to be an expansion of his mob-affiliated character also named Sidney in the film ''Film/MidnightRun''. Director Anderson was fascinated by the character and his desire to know more about who he was led him to write the role. This also, in a way, could be seen as an inter-film example of AscendedExtra.


* BookEnds: The movie opens and closes with scenes at the same diner.

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* BookEnds: The movie opens and closes with scenes at the same diner.diner--the sequence beginning with a nearly identical shot of Sydney walking towards the entrance.


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* DeadpanSnarker: Syndney's endlessly one for a witty turn of phrase.

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* FilmNoir: The laconic AntiHero with a DarkAndTroubledPast that threatens to catch up to him, a regular guy drawn into morally...''interesting'' territory by the promises of success, and Clementine is even a mild take on a FemmeFatale.


* ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech: Jimmy chews Sydney out, explaining that it was perhaps vanity to expect [[spoiler: to get away with killing John's father without any repercussions.]]

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* ReasonWhyYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jimmy chews Sydney out, explaining that it was perhaps vanity to expect [[spoiler: to get away with killing John's father without any repercussions.]]repercussions]].


''Hard Eight'' is a drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, and his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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''Hard Eight'' '''''Hard Eight''''' is a drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, and his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.


''Hard Eight'' is a drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, and his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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''Hard Eight'' is a drama by Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, and his first feature film. It stars Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/SamuelLJackson.


* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.

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* CallForward: Or maybe a MythologyGag in reverse. In any case, Jimmy, in his confrontation with Sydney, says "Shit, man. I know all those guys you know. Floyd Gondolli, Jimmy Gator, Mumbles O'Malley." Floyd Gondolli and Jimmy Gator are the names of the characters Phillip Baker Hall played in Anderson's next two movies, ''Film/BoogieNights'' and ''Film/{{Magnolia}}''.
* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.cameo as the man standing in front of John when the matches in John's pocket catch fire.



* TheDanza: John C. Reilly plays John.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The studio fired Anderson off the movie and took it away from him in the editing room. They also tried to have their version shown at festivals. Luckily for Anderson, his version was shown there instead, and received such a positive response that the studio grudgingly released his version instead. Also, Paltrow and Jackson both informed the studio they would back Anderson publicly if his version wasn't released. The studio did, however, get the title it insisted on, as opposed to Anderson's title ''Sydney''.

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* TheDanza: John C. Reilly plays John.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
EpicTrackingShot: The studio fired Anderson off the one in this movie and took it away from him in isn't as long as the editing room. They also tried to have their version shown at festivals. Luckily for Anderson, his version was shown there instead, and received such a positive response that the studio grudgingly released his version instead. Also, Paltrow and Jackson both informed the studio they would back Anderson publicly if his version wasn't released. The studio did, however, get the title it insisted on, as opposed to ones in P.T. Anderson's title ''Sydney''.other movies, but it's still pretty impressive, following Sydney as he walks across a crowded casino floor.
* EverybodySmokes: Everybody. Absolutely everybody.



* JumpCut: John initially suspects Sydney might be looking for gay sex, so when he gets in Sydney's car he insists on riding in the back. John admires the car for a little bit and then asks Sydney to pull over, and then there's a Jump Cut to John in the front seat next to Sydney.



* ProductionPosse: Reilly, Hall, and Melora Walters starred in each of Anderson's first three feature films, and Philip Seymour Hoffman has been in every P.T. Anderson film except for ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.



* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Sydney. Jimmy finds this out the hard way]].

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* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Sydney. Sydney is whiling away his senior years playing keno and mentoring John, but Jimmy finds out that in the past, Sydney was a real hardass. He does not draw the proper conclusion from this out the hard way]].knowledge.
* ScaryBlackMan: Samuel L. Jackson in his sweet spot. Jimmy wears a leather coat and leather driving gloves which only make him scarier.



* TitleDrop: Jimmy refers to seeing Sydney betting on a "hard eight" at the craps table, and Sydney also bets on Philip Seymour Hoffman's character making that roll (it's rolling two fours). Near the end of the movie, Jimmy rolls a hard eight and cleans up.

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* TitleDrop: Jimmy refers to seeing Sydney betting on a "hard eight" (two fours) at the craps table, and Sydney also bets on Philip Seymour Hoffman's character making that roll (it's rolling two fours).roll. Near the end of the movie, Jimmy rolls a hard eight and cleans up. (The title was a case of ExecutiveMeddling, as Anderson wanted to call the film ''Sydney'').


* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson}}]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.

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* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson}}]], Anderson]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.


* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi Ernie Anderson}}]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.

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* TheCameo: P.T. Anderson's father, [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi [[Creator/{{Ghoulardi}} Ernie Anderson}}]], who died one year after this movie was released, has a brief cameo.

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