As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie has an Achilles' heel: arrogance. It's not enough for him to win: he must force his opponent to acknowledge his superiority. The movie follows Eddie from his match against billiards champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) as he falls in love with Sarah (Piper Laurie), an alcoholic would-be writer and sometime prostitute, and falls under the spell of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), a successful gambler who offers to take Eddie under his wing and teach him how to play in the big time. However, when Sarah joins Eddie and Bert on a trip to Louisville for a high-stakes match with a dandy named Findlay (Murray Hamilton), the consequences prove tragic. Along with a classic performance by Newman, The Hustler also features turns by Scott, Laurie, and Gleason, in a rare dramatic role. Cameos from pool champ Willie Mosconi and boxer Jake LaMotta add to the atmosphere of Harry Horner's grubby production design and Eugen Schüfftan's camerawork. Director Robert Rossen, who had been working in films since 1937, was to direct only one more film, Lilith (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor.~Mark Deming
Audio Commentary by Paul Newman, Film Historian Jeff Young, Film Critic Richard Schickel
Paul Newman at Fox
Jackie Gleason: The Big Man
The Real Hustler: Walter Tevis
Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness
Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler
Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle
The Hustler: The Inside Story
Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand as Seen on Biography on the A&E Network
I have not had a chance to watch yet, another notch filled in for my personal collection. Looking forward to watching along with hundreds of other dvds I bought as I liked to movie and the price was too good to pass up.
great motive from the 60's with Newman and Gleason
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
The one of, if not the best gambling movies of all time.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A very good movie at a great price!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
As I expected, I enjoyed this movie, which I'd heard about ... but never seen ... for more than fifty years. The growth of Newman's character as the film progresses elevates the spirit of the viewer. There is one particular scene wherein Newman's and Piper Laurie's characters talk about the feeling that a person can get from doing those things that they love and that challenge them to do their best.
The cast is just great, with George C. Scott and the amazing Jackie Gleason equalling Newman's performance. Those who enjoy Gleason's work should make a point of seeing "Soldier in the Rain" with Gleason, Steve McQueen, and Tuesday Weld.
Great Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and Story.......
One of the best, overlooked, story, acting and production values coming out of hollywood!
Story of pool playing hustler, Paul Newman, realizing his dream of competing against the "Great One", Minnesota Fats, played surprisingly and convincingly well by Jackie Gleason. Add 2 surprisingly fantastic performances by Piper Laurie and George C. Scott and you have one of the most realistic and enjoyable stories of the dark, dirty and dangerous side of the professional pool world.
Well worth being in the library of every collector, made easier by Best Buy's pricing. Get your copy before this video disappears and only becomes available by the Criterion Collection. Great movie, great stars, great story, great price and that's no hustle!