The film, originally titled Sydney, was Anderson's first feature; Hall, Reilly, Ridgely, Hoffman and Walters have acted in Anderson's subsequent films.
Two years later, John, having gotten the money for the funeral, has stayed in Reno and become Sydney's protégé. John is attracted to Clementine (Gwyneth Kate Paltrow), a 23-year-old casino cocktail waitress revealed to be an occasional prostitute. Shortly after John and Clementine get married, Sydney gets a frantic late-night phone call and arrives at a motel to find the newlyweds holding hostage a customer who refuses to pay for Clementine's services. Sydney handles the situation and then advises John and Clementine to leave town and head to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon.
After the two leave, Sydney is confronted by Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson), a friend of John's who has worked security at various casinos in the past. Jimmy demands a large amount of money from Sydney, threatening to tell John the truth: that Sydney is the one who killed John's father. Sydney acquiesces, but later he sneaks into Jimmy's house and shoots him.
|Philip Baker Hall||Sydney|
|John C. Reilly||John|