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Paul Newman shines as cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. Newman's Felson is a swaggering pool shark punk who takes on the king of the poolroom, Minnesota Fats (a cool, assured Jackie Gleason in his most understated performance). After losing big and crashing into a void of self-pity, Eddie meets down-and-out Sarah (Piper Laurie in a delicate performance), an alcoholic blue blood who's dropped into Eddie's world of dingy bars and seedy poolrooms. Eddie regains his confidence and attracts the attention of a shifty, calculating promoter, Bert Gordon (George C. Scott at his most heartless), who offers to bring Eddie into the big money--but at what cost? Rossen brings his film to life with the easy pace of a pool game, giving his actors room to explore their characters and develop into a razor-sharp ensemble. Eugen Schüfftan earned an Academy Award for his shadowing black-and-white cinematography, as did art directors Harry Horner and Gene Callahan for their deceivingly simple set designs. Even in the daylight this film seems to be smothered by night, lit by the dim glow of a bar lamp or the overhead glare of a pool-table light, an appropriate environment for this tale of one man's struggle with his soul and his self-esteem. Newman returned as an older, wiser, cagier Felson 25 years later in Martin Scorsese's Color of Money. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The DVD debut of this landmark drama is exceptional. Besides a luminous widescreen transfer and picture-in-picture deconstruction of the pool shots by billiards master Mike Massey, the commentary track is unique--and we hope starts a new trend. Film historian Jeff Young hosts an oral history of the film from a variety of sources including Paul Newman, legendary editor Dede Allen (who nearly steals the show), assistant director Ulu Grosbard, Time magazine critic Richard Schickel, and director Robert Rossen's daughter, Carol. The result is a free-following collection of memories created decades after the film wrapped (and many of the key players have died). Don't want the fine details? The new 25-minute documentary hits the major points with expertise. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Good story line although not one of my favourite classics. This is Jackie Gleeson as I had never seen him. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lcd
Splendid young Newman with an ageing Jackie Gleason on a rampage at the pool table.Redford has not yet arrived but there are clues to what might be in the wings. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Naamshui
Paul Newman was great in this film. The story is also captivating, it shows that there is no easy way to earn a living.Published on Sept. 27 2013 by Sandra Trogi
Really the only way to describe this movie. I saw it when I was a kid and it was one of those movies that stuck with me. Read morePublished on June 22 2013 by JT
The Hustler is a 1961 20th Century Fox release about the game of billiards. It features an amazing cast; Paul Newman as Fast Eddie, Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, Piper Laurie... Read morePublished on March 2 2004
A small-time pool hustler, Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) also called Fast-Eddie, is feeling that he is on his way up as he wants to take on the reputable Minnesota Fats (Jackie... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Swederunner
This film has haunted me ever since I saw it (experienced it, really) for the first time in the mid-1960s. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Paul S. Brewer
Jackie Gleason usually plays Jackie Gleason, but he soars far above his own image to become the character he plays in The Hustler, Minnesota Fats, and it's probably the performance... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Peggy Vincent