Sydney   1996   USA Hard Eight
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Director:Paul Thomas Anderson
Studio:Green Parrot
Writer:Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb Rating:7.2 (12,706 votes)
Awards:1 win & 6 nominations
Duration:102 min
Paul Thomas Anderson  ...  (Director)
Paul Thomas Anderson  ...  (Writer)
Philip Baker Hall  ...  Sydney
John C. Reilly  ...  John
Gwyneth Paltrow  ...  Clementine
Samuel L. Jackson  ...  Jimmy
F. William Parker  ...  Hostage
Philip Seymour Hoffman  ...  Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Nathanael Cooper  ...  Restroom Attendant
Wynn White  ...  Waitress
Robert Ridgely  ...  Keno Bar Manager
Kathleen Campbell  ...  Keno Girl
Michael J. Rowe  ...  Pit Boss
Peter D'Allesandro  ...  Bartender
Steve Blane  ...  Stickman
Xaleese  ...  Cocktail Waitress
Melora Walters  ...  Jimmy's Girl
Robert Elswit  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: When good luck is a long shot, you have to hedge your bets.

Summary: 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.

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