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Performances are the highlight of this low-key story set in Reno, Nevada. Sydney (Hall) is a professional gambler who decides to take under his wing the destitute John (Reilly) and teach him the trade. John falls for waitress/hooker Clementine (Paltrow) but there has to be some snake in this gambler's would-be paradise and it shows up in the malevolent form of the scary Jimmy (Jackson), who the dim John befriends despite Sydney's warnings. Debut for writer/director Anderson.

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Available on Running time 101 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Contemporary Noir, Gambling, Waiters & Waitresses, Buddies
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, F. William Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nathanael Cooper, Wynn White, Robert Ridgely, Michael J. Rowe, Kathleen Campbell, Melora Walters
Robert Elswit
Paul Thomas Anderson
Michael Penn, Jon Brion
Robert Jones, John Lyons, Keith Samples, Hans Brockman, Francois Duplat, Rysher Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Company

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