Ahigh
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November 26th, 2012 at 12:38:43 AM permalink


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5m6FrFsi8Y

I really enjoyed this movie. Probably the most accurate slice of craps culture presented in a film.

This movie was the first movie produced by Paul Thomas Anderson. He got good reviews on this movie, and went on to do the more popular Boogie Nights later.

But I think a lot of people missed this one. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out. Very entertaining movie with some good actors in it.

The entire movie is currently viewable on You Tube until it gets disabled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TefH2gu9-o
LonesomeGambler
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November 26th, 2012 at 11:30:42 AM permalink
Fantastic. The avatar that I use on other forums is of Sydney from that very scene.



Hard Eight is also an exceptionally strong debut for a young filmmaker like PT Anderson. I'm not a huge fan of the direction he's gone in since There Will Be Blood, but he is truly one of the great living American filmmakers.

Edit: just a minor nitpick, but the film was actually not "produced" by PTA, although you probably meant that in a general sense. It was written and directed by him, as was Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and more recently, The Master. There Will Be Blood was written and directed by him as well, but it was based on an existing work: a play called "Oil," by Upton Sinclair.
Canyonero
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November 26th, 2012 at 1:38:18 PM permalink
Thanks for the tip, I really had missed that one. Just watched it, great movie!
Ahigh
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November 26th, 2012 at 2:14:26 PM permalink
Yeah, I am hopefully getting a framed movie poster for this movie for my house for Christmas. I really hope another and better movie is made in the future that does as good or better job at capturing the sort of social antics that can be found at the craps table. But this one really sets itself apart in capturing these elements pretty well.
TIMSPEED
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November 26th, 2012 at 3:24:15 PM permalink
I can GURANTEE WITH CERTAINTY...that the beginning of Hard Eight was filmed at JANugget in Reno...
For starters, when they walk in, I recognize that Giant Golden Swan (it's still there in the hotel lobby)
Then when they go to "The Bar" at 12:22, that's the "Cabaret" (no bar, just a dance floor and a stage; they're sitting down on the dance floor)
I'm watching it closer now (watched it on my phone earlier) to see if the actual CASINO action is in the casino at JANugget...but I'm thinking it IS, because of the obnoxious RED signage...

EDIT: LOL, when he gets the TOKENS, I see the RATE card..it CLEARLY says "NUGGET", LOL! Yes it IS all filmed at JANugget!
LOL, I wonder why no one has ever mentioned that it was filmed there!
WTF, bunch of dopes I guess!
But as for the Hotel...I can't say that's the nugget rooms...MAAAYBE before they remodeled the East Tower...
Gambling calls to me...like this ~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nap37mNSmQ
LonesomeGambler
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November 26th, 2012 at 9:01:20 PM permalink
Very cool, I didn't know that. Good eye!
Mosca
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November 27th, 2012 at 9:21:47 AM permalink
Thanks for the heads up!

I've been trying to get this one onto Netflix or Amazon Prime, no luck; I streamed the first half last night and I'll finish it tonight.
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teddys
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December 1st, 2012 at 9:00:53 AM permalink
Yes, it is one of my favorites, and was filmed at the Nugget in Reno.

Keep a watch out for a cameo by a pre-stardom Philip Seymour Hoffman as a shot-taking craps player. Scene-stealer. (Okay, I see that's in the video linked above.)

I think my favorite scene is the rate card trick John Reilly plays to score the free room. I can relate to that one :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=LgEApN9ap0A&NR=1
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odiousgambit
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December 2nd, 2012 at 3:51:46 AM permalink
At imdb.com the title seems to be simply "hard eight"
Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed. ~Mark Twain
FleaStiff
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December 2nd, 2012 at 5:14:48 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

At imdb.com the title seems to be simply "hard eight"

Hard Eight, Keno, .... cheap "con jobs" on the floor man at the slot machines for a lousy free room. Big time gamblers? What big time gambler makes hardway bets? Or plays Keno? And come to think of it, what hooker doesn't get her money up front? Also what sort of broad would go for that no-good loser?

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