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The Hustler (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  25 September 1961 (USA)
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

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Big John
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Preacher
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Cashier
Alexander Rose ...
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Waitress
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Young Hustler
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Storyline

"Fast" Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary "Minnesota Fats" to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn't until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself? Written by <jgp3553@yahoo.com>

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They Called Him "Fast Eddie" See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

25 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Rossen's The Hustler  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

All the pool shots in the movie are performed by the actors themselves (Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason) except one: the massé shot (cue ball sends two object balls into the same pocket), performed by Willie Mosconi. See more »

Goofs

During the last match between Fats and Eddie, in the first game, Fats attempts a soft break, leaving the cue ball against the rail. In the establishing shot, the cue ball is clearly bouncing away from the rail, in the next shot, the ball is tight frozen against the rail. See more »

Quotes

[Eddie watching Minnesota Fats during their first game, whispers to Charlie]
Fast Eddie: Boy, he is great! Jeez, that old fat man. Look at the way he moves: like a dancer... And those fingers, them chubby fingers. That stroke... it's like he's, uh, like he's playin' the violin or somethin'.
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Referenced in Cannon: The Salinas Jackpot (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Hustler Theme
(1961) (uncredited)
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
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Newman, Scott and Gleason Ignite...
3 March 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Robert Rossen carefully directs this film with every ounce of poise one can muster. There's not a dull moment within the entire picture. It's filled with exciting characters, fine editing and a compelling story that'll shock and thrill you. The cast is incredible, as to be expected with these names: Newman, Scott, Gleason, Piper Laurie and Murray Hamilton are crystalline in their performances.


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