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The Hustler -- Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its Oscar 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.
The Hustler -- An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.


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Release Date:
25 September 1961 (USA) See more »
They Called Him "Fast Eddie" See more »
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Eddie Felson

Jackie Gleason ... Minnesota Fats

Piper Laurie ... Sarah Packard

George C. Scott ... Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick ... Charlie Burns

Murray Hamilton ... Findley

Michael Constantine ... Big John

Stefan Gierasch ... Preacher
Clifford A. Pellow ... Turk (as Cliff Pellow)

Jake LaMotta ... Bartender
Gordon B. Clarke ... Cashier
Alexander Rose ... Score Keeper
Carolyn Coates ... Waitress
Carl York ... Young Hustler

Vincent Gardenia ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Adams ... Old Doctor (uncredited)
Tom Ahearne ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Andre ... Waiter at Parisien Restaurant (uncredited)
Don Crabtree ... Small Role (uncredited)
Gloria Curtis ... Girl with Fur Coat (uncredited)
Robert Daget ... (uncredited)
Don De Leo ... Another Player (uncredited)
Charles Dierkop ... Pool Room Hood (uncredited)
William Duell ... Billy (Louisville Hustler) (uncredited)
James Dukas ... Kibitzer (uncredited)
Brendan Fay ... Player (uncredited)
Larry Gaynes ... Extra in Poolroom (uncredited)
Jack Healy ... Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)

Hoke Howell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Don Koll ... Racetrack Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Charles McDaniel ... Reservation Clerk at Louisville Hotel (uncredited)
Charles Mosconi ... Second Man (uncredited)
Willie Mosconi ... Willie (uncredited)

Sid Raymond ... First Man (uncredited)
Art Smith ... Old Man Attendant (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Limping Attendant at Ames Billiards (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
Writing credits
Sidney Carroll (screenplay) (as Sydney Carroll) and
Robert Rossen (screenplay)

Walter Tevis (based on the novel by) (as Walter S. Tevis)

Produced by
Robert Rossen .... producer
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Eugen Schüfftan (director of photography) (as Eugene Shuftan)
Film Editing by
Dede Allen (film editor)
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Donoene .... hair stylist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Graham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director (as Charles Maguire)
Ulu Grosbard .... assistant director (uncredited)
Don Kranze .... assistant director (uncredited)
Angelo Laiacona .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Brenner .... associate art director
Jack Flaherty .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Beyer .... sound editor
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Cronjager .... assistant cameraman
David Golden .... chief electrician
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Muky .... still photographer
Martin Nallan .... chief grip (as Martin Nallan Jr.)
Felix Trimboli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Stone .... assistant editor
Evan A. Lottman .... montage of pool scenes editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Angelo Ross .... music editor
Dan Terry .... musician: Louisville music
Other crew
Marguerite James .... script supervisor
Willie Mosconi .... technical advisor
Fred Hift .... publicist (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert Rossen's The Hustler" - USA (complete title)
"Eddie Felson" - Israel (English title)
"Hustler" - Japan (English title)
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134 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Not Rated (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #20068) | West Germany:16

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One of the first mainstream Hollywood films to use the word "bastard".See more »
Factual errors: After thugs break his thumbs, Eddie wears cast on his hands that remain sparking white for weeks - an impossibility because casts are dirt magnets that quickly become dingy-looking under the best of conditions and he's seen spilling coffee on them, lives in a seedy apartment, goes outside for a picnic and so on.See more »
[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 Expecting Mercy (2000)See more »
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51 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Superb film by a great director., 4 May 1999
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

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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The thumb breaking scene? pinealrapture
Fats employed every trick to beat Felson; otherwise he loses. isolated_ions
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