The Hustler ()

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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 20 nominations.
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Eddie Felson
Minnesota Fats
Sarah Packard
Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick ...
Charlie Burns
Big John
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Turk (as Cliff Pellow)
Gordon B. Clarke ...
Alexander Rose ...
Score Keeper
Carolyn Coates ...
Carl York ...
Young Hustler
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 ...
Don De Leo ...
Another Player (uncredited)
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)
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)
Old Man Attendant (uncredited)
Limping Attendant at Ames Billiards (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Rossen

Written by

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

Music by

Kenyon Hopkins

Cinematography by

Eugen Schüfftan ... director of photography (as Eugene Shuftan)

Film Editing by

Dede Allen ... film editor

Editorial Department

Richard Stone ... assistant editor
Evan A. Lottman ... montage of pool scenes editor (uncredited)

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
James Shields ... sound
Dick Vorisek ... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor (uncredited)


Herbert Holcombe ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Sherman ... stunt double: Myron McCormick (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)

Music Department

Angelo Ross ... music editor
Dan Terry ... musician: Louisville music

Script and Continuity Department

Marguerite James ... script supervisor

Other crew

Willie Mosconi ... technical advisor
Fred Hift ... publicist (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

"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

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Also Known As
  • Robert Rossen's The Hustler (United States)
  • Eddie Felson (Israel, English title)
  • Hustler (Japan, English title)
  • L'arnaqueur (France)
  • Haie der Großstadt (Germany)
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  • 134 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason established a friendship on the set. At one point, Newman got a little cocky about his newfound pool skills and challenged the much more experienced Gleason to a $50 bet on a game. Newman broke, then it was Gleason's turn. He knocked all 15 balls in and Newman never got another shot. Gleason recalled that the next day Newman paid him off with 5000 pennies. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Louisville Dixieland See more »
Quotes [Fast Eddie is bothered because Bert called him a born loser]
Fast Eddie: Cause, ya see, twice, Sarah... once at Ames with Minnesota Fats and then again at Arthur's, in that cheap, crummy pool room, now why'd I do it, Sarah? Why'd I do it? I coulda beat that guy, coulda beat 'im cold, he never woulda known. But I just hadda show 'im. Just hadda show those creeps and those punks what the game is like when it's great, when it's REALLY great. You know, like anything can be great, anything can be great. I don't care, BRICKLAYING can be great, if a guy knows. If he knows what he's doing and why and if he can make it come off. When I'm goin', I mean, when I'm REALLY goin' I feel like a... like a jockey must feel. He's sittin' on his horse, he's got all that speed and that power underneath him... he's comin' into the stretch, the pressure's on 'im, and he KNOWS... just feels... when to let it go and how much. Cause he's got everything workin' for 'im: timing, touch. It's a great feeling, boy, it's a real great feeling when you're right and you KNOW you're right. It's like all of a sudden I got oil in my arm. The pool cue's part of me. You know, it's uh - pool cue, it's got nerves in it. It's a piece of wood, it's got nerves in it. Feel the roll of those balls, you don't have to look, you just KNOW. You make shots that nobody's ever made before. I can play that game the way... NOBODY'S ever played it before.
Sarah Packard: You're not a loser, Eddie, you're a winner. Some men never get to feel that way about anything.
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