The Hustler

The Hustler

DVD - 2007
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Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy Award(r) nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its Oscar(r) nomination. Newman (Best Actor nominee) is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms fleecing anyone who'll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason, Supporting Actor nominee), who's backed by Bert Gordon (Scott, Supporting Actor nominee), a predatory gambler. Eddie can beat the champ, but virtually defeats himself with his low self-image. The love of a lonely woman (Laurie, Best Actress nominee) could turn Eddie's life around, but he won't rest until he beats Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay. Voted one of the year's ten best by "The New York Times" and "Time," and distinguished by 2 Academy Awards- Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration (B&W), The Hustler is a dazzling cinematic triumph.
Audience: NR (Not Rated)
Publisher: [S.l.] : 20th Century Fox, 2007
Edition: Collector's Edition
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA HUSTLER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in

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dmfoliver
Mar 27, 2017

Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason & cast are excellent in this best pool game movie ever made.
Great drama, hi & lows story line works!

NWPL Feb 09, 2017

This movie is slower paced but I love the dialogue and the interactions between the characters.

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Palomino
Jul 22, 2014

I know this is a classic, I just didn't get it. It's black and white (if you didn't already know!) . Paul Newman is very watchable, even if you don't play pool.

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garycornell
May 09, 2014

Simply the Best Pool Shooting Movie of All Time! Wait to you see the mind games going on during a game of pool. This movie takes hold of you and won't let go!

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theojays
Aug 25, 2013

the hustler is a depiction of an artist, albeit a pool shark ythat is demoralized by the very thing that keeps him empowered. no spoilers. sorry. enjoy this film. you will see yourself. guranteed. cinema-tography and illusion at its peak!!HAVE FUN.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

Panovision B&W movie; how often does that combination show-up?

This film may feature a lot of pocket billiards, but it is *not* about pool playing.

And incredible character piece about people on the down-side of life, the lies they tell — often to themselves — and the effects they have on everyone. Money is the root of all evil, and George C. Scott's character proves he's more evil than most.

Paul Newman may not be a household name anymore, but — my God! — was he ever a beautiful looking man! Plus, his acting is all but seamless in this piece. I'm rapidly coming to the opinion that he really could have played any part ever written with charisma and veracity in equal and unassailable measures.

This movie while set in the world of the pool halls of an earlier time is not about pool. I think that the story of love and devotion to an ideal of perfection and the persuit of that pefection is the real story.

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