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Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 1996

Mike Jempson's rating of the film Hard Eight

What a debut movie! Putting the noir firmly back into the genre. Phlegmatic Philip Baker Hall compelling as the 'dark angel' - a father figure full of menace and melancholy. Less keen on John C. Reilly as the hapless adoptive son. Highlight - another great cameo appearance by Philip Seymour Hoffman.