|Director/Writer:||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Elswit|
|Music:||Michael Penn and Jon Brion|
|Production Designer:||Nancy Deren|
|Producers:||Robert Jones and John Lyons|
|Rysher Entertainment; R; 101 minutes|
|Cast:||Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson and F. William Hoffman|
A seedy, cool character study of complex relationships that spins into a dark nightmare. Well-dressed older man Sydney (Hall) approaches down-and-out younger man John (Reilly), buys him coffee and changes his life by teaching him how to work the casinos. Two years later, the mentor and protégé are still a team, but John has befriended a sleazy security guard (Jackson) that Sydney neither trusts nor likes. John's cocktail waitress/occasional prostitute girlfriend (Paltrow) gets the group in big trouble in a bloody episode involving her split personality. First-time filmmaker Anderson shows promise with an ingeniously calculated yet unpredictable film.