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The Hustler (1961)

Unrated | | Drama, Sport | 27 October 1961 (Italy)
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

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"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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Drama | Sport

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Robert Rossen's The Hustler  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Cliff Robertson lost the role that went to Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon having already declined the part. See more »

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After having his thumbs broken, Eddie is wearing large casts on both hands. Clothing changes that occur later would be impossible because the sleeves on the shirt and jacket that Eddie wears could not fit over the casts. See more »

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Minnesota Fats: Do you like to gamble, Eddie? Gamble money on pool games?
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Referenced in Tilt (1979) See more »

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Louisville Dixieland
(1961) (uncredited)
Music by Dan Terry
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Superb film by a great director.
4 May 1999 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Because of his tragically erratic, often interrupted career, Robert Rossen is rarely put into the pantheon of great Hollywood directors. However, he produced three films which deserve a permanent place among the classics, All the Kings Men( probably the best film about American politics), Lilith( one of the greatest films about mental illness) and this, a movie which DESERVES to be ranked with the hundred greatest, and possibly the fifty greatest, American films. It is superbly acted, brilliantly photographed and edited, and directed with clarity and assurance. In a just world ( if there is such a place), an special Oscar would have been bestowed on Newman, Laurie, Scott, and Gleason AS A GROUP. Piper Laurie was unforgettably poignant, Scott unforgettably sleazy, and Gleason... well, Gleason simply IS Minnesota Fats. Paul Newman almost certainly deserved the Oscar.It was an amusing irony, perhaps a little joke by God, that the bartender in the movie was played by none other than Jake LaMotta.


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