The Hustler [DVD] [Eng/Fre] [1961]

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  • Release Date: 06/04/2002
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 120)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Paul Newman, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel, and others
  • Original documentary: "The Hustler: The Inside Story"
  • Picture-in-picture commentary on "How to Make the Trick Shots"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene selection
  • Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1)
  • Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Hustler
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman - "Fast" Eddie Felson
  • Jackie Gleason
    Jackie Gleason - Minnesota Fats
  • Piper Laurie
    Piper Laurie - Sarah Packard
  • George C. Scott
    George C. Scott - Bert Gordon
  • Myron McCormick
    Myron McCormick - Charlie Bums



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great because it is the opposite of Color of Money

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    kenn
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    Many people who saw the slick and stylish Scorcese creation Color of Money didn't even realize that Eddie Felson already existed on the silver screen in The Hustler. What many people tell me when they find out and see The Hustler is that either they hated it or loved it. That's because while Color of Money is smooth, slick, smooth, and polished, The Hustler is raw, biting, and powerful and so by definition it is not for everyone. Color of Money is more about visual effects and music, which is classic Scorcese, though there's no real substance. Scorcese himself has said in interviews that movies like Goodfellas were close to his heart, but Color of Money was just a commercialized creation. The Hustler, on the other hand, really grabs you. First off, as a pool player myself, let me tell you Tom Cruise can't play pool worth a darn, and that lack of authenticity is a glaring weakness to begin with. But just the fact that Newman and Gleason can play pool does not make The Hustler a better movie - it's a masterpiece because it is a gripping tale of human redepmption, of Eddie's battle to separate his pool game from his self-esteem. It's also about one man's passion for the game. How can any pool player forget that soliloquoy by Fast Eddie when he and Sarah go for that picnic, how he talks about how he loves even just the sound of the click of the balls, how the cue has nerves in it and is part of his arm! Remember that last scene in Color of Money, where young cocky Vincent plays the older, cagier Fast Eddie and Eddie declares "I'm back" before he breaks the balls? Even though the movie ends there, everyone knows Eddie wiped up the floor with Vincent. Vincent's character had talent, but Eddie had character, and that's what beat Fast Eddie time he played Fats. Bert Gordon: You got talent. Fast Eddie: I got talent? So what beat me? Bert: Character. And that's the way the two movies are too. Color of Money has talent, but The Hustler has character.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hustle Youself 2 Best Buy & Grab This

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    reconredneck
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    This has to be one of the greatest films of the 1960's, everything just clicks in this film from the knockout A-list of actors down to the fantastic script with intelligent dialog that's lacking in today's films. Paul Newman is on top of his acting game in "The Hustler" with Jackie Gleason as his adversary/opponent shows nothing but class tho his dialog was kept down to a minimum to show he was a man of business where action speaks louder than words & money is king. George C. Scott plays an underworld type that fronts money to exceptional pool players but at exorbitant percentages takes Fast Eddie (Newman) as a partner while putting the make on the girlfriend. The visuals look grand with fine separation between blacks, whites & grays giving this B&W film excellent contrast. Clarity is never an issue since the bitrate is high on this 50GB blu-ray disc. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is very robust and natural sounding for a mono source remaster. A front heavy dialog driven track that will not use surrounds much yet still sounds fantastic. I can't believe I picked this up on-sale for $4.99, a film that I would have purchased at 4 times the price just because this film is a classic that will never grow old and movies today will never match. Worth every Dollar!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blu-ray review of The Hustler

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    Bolstered by a quartet of simply amazing performances (Newman, Laurie, Gleason, Scott), this is an acting tour de force the likes of which must have amazed 1961 audiences. The film's achievement is so shattering that the depth, nuance and power of those performances seems hardly diminished by the intervening years. Though The Hustler is undeniably seedy, it's a gritty, grimy look at desperate characters trying to carve out a piece of their own twisted version of the American Dream. It's sad, it's compelling and it is completely and utterly unforgettable. This Blu-ray package contains an excellent video presentation and special features. The audio presentation is very good but not quite perfect but probably the best it's ever going to be.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    hustle hustle

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    CineMatt
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    Paul Newman. Not much more is needed :) This is one of his earlier roles quickly showing his starring capacity. The film is closely based on the book and keeps the viewer's attention throughout telling the loosely quite possibly based on true events. Apparently the real Fats was known in various cities by that city's name and his surname "Fats"; however the author never really indicated this was a true story...cleverly avoiding royalty fees. :) Also features a top-notch performance by George C. Scott. Jackie Gleason also rock solid.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic. But not necessarily a memorable one.

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    Hushvinyl
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    It’s a great complex tale of the world of gambling and taking chances with one generation challenging the next - and not necessarily out of a ‘you’re outdated’ mindset as much more of a ‘make room for what’s to come’. The performances are great and the script is a blast of tension, style, and smarts.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Film

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    soreelflix

    The Hustler is an older film in black and white but dont let the age fool you. The film is a pretty good watch with great actors and great acting. The story was fun and if you love pool then you will love this film. I'm not a Pool Player and or a Hustler but really enjoyed the film. Paul Newman did a fine job here and was great to see Jackie Gleason on screen. Pick it up

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Cinema

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    bigdave67
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    "The Hustler" is one of the finest films of Paul Newman's career. The story of a pool hustler that meets his match and learns a hard lesson. The acting is excellent, not only from Newman but from co-star Jackie Gleason as well (playing Minnesota Fats). This is one of those films I can watch over and over (along with its sequel, The Color Of Money).. it never gets old!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jackie Gleason & Paul Newman

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    We've been picking up bargain Blu-Rays waiting for 4K content and find that Best Buy has a great inventory, well organized and absolutely priced. Seriously, a classic like the Hustler for what we paid was a great deal-we're not finding inventory and in stock position like this anywhere else.

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