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The Hustler
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The Hustler

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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.
Actors: Paul Newman,
Paul Newman
Paul Newman 26 January 1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Jackie Gleason,
Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason 26 February 1916, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Piper Laurie,
Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie 22 January 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA
George C. Scott,
George C. Scott
George C. Scott 18 October 1927, Wise, Virginia, USA
Myron McCormick,
Myron McCormick
Myron McCormick February 8, 1908 in Albany, Indiana, USA (some sources say 1907)
Murray Hamilton,
Murray Hamilton
Murray Hamilton 24 March 1923, Washington, North Carolina, USA
Michael Constantine,
Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine 22 May 1927, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Stefan Gierasch,
Stefan Gierasch
Stefan Gierasch 5 February 1926, New York City, New York, USA
Clifford A. Pellow,
Clifford A. Pellow
Clifford A. Pellow 13 November 1928, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Jake LaMotta,
Jake LaMotta
Jake LaMotta 10 July 1921, The Bronx, New York, USA
Gordon B. Clarke,
Gordon B. Clarke
Gordon B. Clarke May 2, 1906 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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Genre: DramaSport
Director: Robert Rossen
Country: United States
Release: 1961
IMDb: 8.0
Quality:
Duration: 134 min
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