Hustle (1975)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  25 December 1975 (USA)
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Phil Gaines is a bitter, cynical cop who investigates the case of a dead stripper/porno actress found on the beach. Gaines is experiencing a troubled relationship with a hooker, and things ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Hollinger
Sgt. Louis Belgrave
Paula Hollinger
Leo Sellers
Peggy Summers
Herbie Dalitz
Bus Driver
Colleen Brennan ...
Gloria Hollinger (as Sharon Kelly)
Chuck Hayward ...
Morgue Attendant
David Estridge ...
Peter Brandon ...
Jerry Bellamy


Phil Gaines is a bitter, cynical cop who investigates the case of a dead stripper/porno actress found on the beach. Gaines is experiencing a troubled relationship with a hooker, and things don't get any better when the dead girl's father launches his own investigation. Written by Kristian Krokfoss <>

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She's the call girl. He's the cop. They both take their jobs seriously.


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25 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Appearing in this movie was Eileen Brennan who also featured in another Burt Reynolds picture released in 1975, At Long Last Love (1975). See more »


Lt. Phil Gaines: Don't you know where you live, Marty? Can't you smell the bananas? You know what country you live in? You live in Guatamala with color television.
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Referenced in Starsky and Hutch: The Psychic (1977) See more »


So Rare
Lyric by Jack Sharpe
Music by Jerry Herst
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Great Film-Noir
11 September 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the body of a woman is found on an isolated beach, Homicide Lieutenant Phil Gaines (Burt Reynolds) and his partner, Sergeant Louis Belgrave (Paul Winfield), are assigned for the investigation. They conclude, with the support of the report of the coroner, that the victim, the hooker and strip-dancer Gloria Hollinger (Sharon Kelly), committed suicide using pills. They omit to the family the existence of excessive semen in Gloria's orifices, but her father Marty Hollinger (Ben Johnson), a veteran of the Korea war, does not accept the police findings and try to locate the possible criminal following a personal investigation. The leads point to the last person to be with Gloria, the dirty and powerful attorney Leo Sellers (Eddie Albert), and also a regular costumer of Phil's girlfriend, the prostitute Nicole Britton(Catherine Deneuve).

"Hustle" is a great film-noir. The story is politically incorrect and all the characters are sordid. Burt Reynolds is great in the role of a tormented, but correct and efficient cop, capable of simulate evidences,living with the dilemma that his girl-friend is a whore, and expecting one day to move to Rome with her. Catherine Deneuve is in the splendor of her beauty in the role of a prostitute. Paul Winfield plays a correct detective, but brutal and racist. Eddie Albert is in the role of a powerful man, capable of killing to reach his objectives. Gloria's mother is an unfaithful wife and Marty is a paranoid and obsessed man. The appearance of the precinct is very real and authentic. Robert "Freddy Kruger" Englund, in the beginning of his career, has a short but important participation in the end of the story as the holdup man in a store. In my opinion, this film is very underrated in IMDb User Rating. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Crime e Paixão" ("Crime and Passion")

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