The Hustler (Bilingual)
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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
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Directed by Robert Rossen
Starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott
20th Century Fox | 1961 | 134 min | Rated R | Released May 17, 2011
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: DTS 5.1
German: DTS 5.1
Portuguese: DTS 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc (digibook)
The Hustler was nominated for nine Oscars, winning for cinematography and art direction for a black and white film. The four main actors deservedly received nominations, although George C. Scott refused his. It was the second nomination for Newman, the first of three for Piper Laurie and Jackie Gleason's only nomination. The film deserved the recognition, but West Side Story ended up with 10 Oscars that year. Newman received an honorary Oscar in 1986 and won a best supporting actor Oscar a year later when he reprised the role of Eddie Felson in The Color of Money.
The film is quite complex. Although a sports movie on the surface, there's a strong romantic element. The story is essentially about strength of character. What would you do to get what you want in life? What if it means hurting people close to you? Is the goal worth the sacrifices? And, most important of all, how do we define success?
Newman was an emerging force in 1961, but his popularity hadn't reached its peak. His portrayal of Eddie Felson was convincing.Read more ›
Racking up Nine Academy Award® Nominations, including Best Picture, this powerful and provocative cinematic masterpiece explodes on screen as never before on this Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray!
Paul Newman electrifies in his brilliant portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant hustler whose unbridled ambition drives him to challenge legendary pool player Minnesota Fats [Jackie Gleason] — but the stakes are higher than either of them could have imagined.
FILM FACT: 1961 Golden Globe Award: Nominated: Best Actor for Paul Newman. Nominated: Jackie Gleason for Best Supporting Actor Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for George C. Scott. Nominated: Best New Star of the Year for George C. Scott. 1962 BAFTA® Awards: Won: Best Film from Any Source for ‘The Hustler.’ Won: Best Foreign Actor for Paul Newman. Nominated: Best Foreign Actress for Piper Laurie. 1961 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures: Honoured: Best Supporting Actor for Jackie Gleason. 1961 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named ‘The Hustler’ the Ten Best Films of 1961. 1961 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Director for Robert Rossen. 1961 Writers Guild of America Award: Best Written Drama for Robert Rossen and Sydney Carroll. The film was shot on location in New York City and stars Paul Newman as "Fast" Eddie Felson, Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, Piper Laurie as Sarah, and George C. Scott as Bert.
Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch, Clifford A. Pellow, Jake LaMotta, Gordon B.Read more ›
People may not realize that Paul Newman was an unknown when this movie was made. His youthful brashness and emotion laden performance show him as an actor beyond his years.
One can never say too much about George C. Scott. He's old reliable, in this movie as in his others. He does an excellent job. He's just so good that we are numb to his mastery.
Piper Laurie also turns in an amazing performance. Her acting is subtle but her method is steady.
The real standout in this film is Jackie Gleason. He shows why he was called "The Great One." I personally feel that this movie shows him as the greatest method actor of his generation, and perhaps one of the greatest ever.
But unbelievable acting is only one part of this gem. The cinematography is clear and artistic. The script is expertly written and the scenery couldn't be more authentic.
This is the only pool movie I know of that you can enjoy as a pool player. The pool scenes are unbelievable. They used the greatest pool players of the day in shooting and it shows. The Color of Money is a nicely shot movie but there is not really a lot of pool in it. This is a pool movie that transcends pool.
Please do yourself a favor and add this to your collection.
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Good story line although not one of my favourite classics. This is Jackie Gleeson as I had never seen him. Read morePublished 20 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 on Dec 29 2013 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
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