HiT Rewind: ‘Hard Eight’ (1996)

In the end it’s got all the trappings of a low-rent Hollywood B movie that bypasses the clichés to create something original.

“Hard Eight’s” main draw is a lead performance by an actor whose face everyone will recognize. He’s “that guy” we’ve seen pop up in supporting roles for decades but whose name few ever cared to learn.

Philip Baker Hall has a face, a tone, a walk that tells a story. To say he’s brilliant or perfect or any other overused adjective in “Hard Eight” would be an understatement.

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. Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson provides Hall with a one-of-a-kind role in “Hard Eight.” Hall is a man with a past we only glimpse...

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Nov 20th 2021
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Zachary Leeman
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