Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film charts the relationship between world-weary card shark Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall) and reckless youth John (John C. Reilly). After showing him how to exploit casinos’ perks, Sydney takes John under his wing. Years later, the surrogate father and son are successful gamblers — until John falls for a hooker (Gwyneth Paltrow) and gets mixed up with a shady stranger (Samuel L. Jackson).

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