Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster

Hard Eight (originally titled Sydney ) is a 1996 American crime film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson in his feature directorial debut, and starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson.

- Hard Eight (film)

He is known for his collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson including Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999).

- Philip Baker Hall

It stars an ensemble cast, including Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, Michael Murphy, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards (in his final film role) and Melora Walters.

- Magnolia (film)

Hall had supporting roles in many films, including Say Anything... (1989), The Truman Show (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Insider (1999), The Contender (2000), Bruce Almighty (2003), Dogville (2003), Zodiac (2007), 50/50 (2011) and Argo (2012).

- Philip Baker Hall

Hall, Walters, Reilly and Hoffman later appeared in Boogie Nights and Magnolia.

- Hard Eight (film)

Philip Baker Hall as Don Hewitt

- The Insider (film)

Anderson met Aimee Mann in 1996 when he asked her husband, Michael Penn, to write the score and songs for his film, Hard Eight.

- Magnolia (film)
Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

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