Hard Eight

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Production: MGM
  2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


You want a cup of coffee?

You want a cigarette?


I'm a guy that's offering

to give you a cigarette...

buy you a cup of coffee.

What's your name?



You wanna see the menus?

No, I don't think so.

Come from Vegas? Reno?

From Vegas.

You lost some money?

You won some money.

I broke even.

What were you playing?


You know how to count cards?


You said you were playing blackjack.

Do you know how to count cards?

In my experience,

if you don't know how to count cards...

you oughta stay away

from blackjack.

Thanks for the tip, Mr. Helpful.

Hey, John.

- What?

John, we're sitting here. I bought you

a cup of coffee, gave you a cigarette.

Look at me.

You wanna be a wise-ass,

go outside and take a seat.

If you wanna talk to me...

well, then...

Never ignore a man's courtesy.

Let's talk about Vegas.

Let's talk about

what happened to you.

Because something did happen.

Maybe I can help.

You wanna help me?

You look like you could use a friend.

- You wanna be my friend?

Then give me $6,000.

Do you have that?

Can you give a total stranger $6,000?

Because that's my trouble.


What do you need $6,000 for?

- I need it.

For what?

To bury my mother.

- You went to Vegas to win some money

- No, I went to lose some money.

You went to win some money

to bury your mother?

To pay for her funeral?

That is very admirable.

I admire the intention.

I can't say it's wise, though.

Do you have $6,000

to give me?

No. I can't.

I didn't think so.

Isn't there someone who could


There's no one else.

It's me.

I'm alone.

That's it, okay?

There you go.

That gonna be it?

Yeah, I think so.

Thank you.

How much money

do you have left?


If I were to give you $50,

what would you do with it?

I'd eat.

How long can you eat

How long can you live on $50?

I don't know.

I would bet...

not very long.

You would bet?

I tell you what.

You come with me back to Vegas.

I'll loan you $50

and show you what you did wrong.


What are you, man?

You think you're St. Francis

or something?

No, I don't think

I'm St. Francis.

Are you looking for a fag?

I'm not some boy hooker,

if that's what you're after.

I'm not looking

for a hooker, John.

I'm offering you a ride.

I'm offering to teach you


Well, I'm telling you something

right now... I don't suck dick.

I understand that,

and this is the last time I'll ask.

You want my help?

I'll f*** you up

if you f*** with me.

I know three types of karate...

jujitsu, aikido and regular karate.


All right.

A You give me a ride.

Two... You give me 50 bucks.

C I sit in the back.

Believe me, if you pull anything

I will f*** you up.

I believe you.

This is a nice ride, actually.


Can you pull over

for a second?

Can I get a cigarette?


The lighter doesn't work.


No, thanks.

The lighter doesn't work.

I heard you.

I just don't use matches.

Wanna hold the wheel a minute

so I can light mine?


You gonna smoke that?

Why don't you use these matches?

- It's just a rule with me.

I don't use matches.

Why not?

I had a really bad experience once

and I promised I'd never use 'em again.

Tell me.

You know those big monster

books of matches?

Those big daddy ones

with, like, 40 matches in 'em?

I had one of those in my pocket once

and they lit on fire, exploded.


Matches just went off?

Yeah, it had something to do

with spontaneous friction, I guess.

They just went off.

I'm standing in line for a movie

and all of the sudden

Like that!

Scared the sh*t out of me.

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Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) also known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker. Interested in film-making since a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father to become a filmmaker. more…

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