Hard Eight (1996)

7.25 / Rated by 2 people

102 min.
Plot  Sydney, a gambler in his 60s, finds a young man, John, sitting forlornly outside a diner and offers to give him a cigarette and buy him a cup of coffee. Sydney learns that John is trying to raise enough money for his mother's burial. He offers to drive John to Las Vegas and teach him how to make some money and survive. Although he is skeptical at first, John agrees to Sydney's proposal.

Two years later, John, having gotten the money for the funeral, has become Sydney's protégé. John has a new friend named Jimmy, who does security work, and he is attracted to Clementine, a cocktail waitress in Reno.

Sydney encounters Clementine at night, learning that she moonlights as a prostitute. Although Clementine believes that Sydney might want to sleep with her, Sydney actually wants to set her up with John.

Sydney receives a frantic late-night phone call from John, summoning him to a motel. He arrives to find John and Clementine holding a hostage, who is a customer who had r...



Philip Baker Hall
Sydney Brown
John C. Reilly
John Finnegan
Gwyneth Paltrow
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Craps player
Robert Ridgely
Keno manager
Melora Walters
Jimmy's girl


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United States




Onur rated Hard Eight (1996) with 7.0 stars / 31.10.2018

tuncer rated Hard Eight (1996) with 7.5 stars / 11.09.2016

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