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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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Director:
Writers:
Sidney Carroll (screenplay) and
Robert Rossen (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They Called Him "Fast Eddie" See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best Sports Movie Ever See more (154 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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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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Runtime:
134 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fast Eddie is from Oakland, California.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the last pool match, second game, Minnesota Fats has taken his jacket off, loosened his tie and unbuttoned his vest, but one subsequent shot shows him with his tie tightened and wearing a buttoned vest and jacket.See more »
Quotes:
Fast Eddie:Get on me Bert, I can't lose.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Projectionist (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Louisville DixielandSee more »

FAQ

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36 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Best Sports Movie Ever, 2 October 2004
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

I think "The Hustler" is the best sports movie ever made. Fast Eddie Felson is perhaps the most talented pool shooter in the country and yet, at his core, he's a born loser. Why is Eddie so self-destructive? He has Minnesota Fats, ostensibly the country's greatest player, beaten in the first marathon match only to drink himself into insensibility and let Fats off the hook.

Throughout the movie Eddie is surrounded by other people who are self-destructive or only interested in making a buck off of him. Even Charlie, his original manager (Myron McCormick in a terrific role)needs him for a meal ticket. Bert, his second manager, is a slithering, calculating parasite who uses everyone around him. Sara, Eddie's pathetic girlfriend, is going through life in an aimless, alcoholic haze.

The movie really lets you into the lives of these people who live on the margins of society. The cinematography is outstanding, the settings and mood of the movie draw you in totally. The acting is uniformly outstanding from top to bottom. Great movies get great performances from the minor characters, too. Vincent Gardenia, Michael Constantine, Murray Hamilton and McCormick are perfect in the smaller roles while Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie (all getting well-deserved Oscar nominations) and George C. Scott are indelible in the major roles. Even boxer Jake LaMotta has a cameo as a bartender.

Can Eddie finally overcome being a born loser? Can love redeem any of these lost people? What makes a person a champion? Is it talent alone or does a champion need some inner demon that can only be defeated by pursuing victory at all costs?

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