Hustler

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As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie has an Achilles' heel: arrogance. It's not enough for him to win: he must force his opponent to acknowledge his superiority. The movie follows Eddie from his match against billiards champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) as he falls in love with Sarah (Piper Laurie), an alcoholic would-be writer and sometime prostitute, and falls under the spell of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), a successful gambler who offers to take Eddie under his wing and teach him how to play in the big time. However, when Sarah joins Eddie and Bert on a trip to Louisville for a high-stakes match with a dandy named Findlay (Murray Hamilton), the consequences prove tragic. Along with a classic performance by Newman, The Hustler also features turns by Scott, Laurie, and Gleason, in a rare dramatic role. Cameos from pool champ Willie Mosconi and boxer Jake LaMotta add to the atmosphere of Harry Horner's grubby production design and Eugen Schüfftan's camerawork. Director Robert Rossen, who had been working in films since 1937, was to direct only one more film, Lilith (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
6/4/02 
Studio
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
2 hours, 15 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • THX-Certified Mastering
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccCommentary by Paul Newman, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel, and others
  • Original documentary: "The Hustler: The Inside Story"
  • Picture-in-picture commentary on "How to Make the Trick Shots"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene selection
  • Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1)
  • Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
Number of Discs
1

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