The Hustler (1961)
Front Cover Actor
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
William Adams Old Doctor (uncredited)
Tom Ahearne Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Andre Waiter at Parisien Restaurant (uncredited)
Robert Daget (uncredited)
Don De Leo Another Player (uncredited)
William Duell Louisville hustler (uncredited)
Jim 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)
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Robert Rossen
Producer Robert Rossen
Writer Sidney Carroll; Robert Rossen; Walter Tevis
Series Fast Eddie
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 134 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Paul Newman shines as cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. Newman's Felson is a swaggering pool shark punk who takes on the king of the poolroom, Minnesota Fats (a cool, assured Jackie Gleason in his most understated performance). After losing big and crashing into a void of self-pity, Eddie meets down-and-out Sarah (Piper Laurie in a delicate performance), an alcoholic blue blood who's dropped into Eddie's world of dingy bars and seedy poolrooms. Eddie regains his confidence and attracts the attention of a shifty, calculating promoter, Bert Gordon (George C. Scott at his most heartless), who offers to bring Eddie into the big money--but at what cost? Rossen brings his film to life with the easy pace of a pool game, giving his actors room to explore their characters and develop into a razor-sharp ensemble. Eugen Schüfftan earned an Academy Award for his shadowing black-and-white cinematography, as did art directors Harry Horner and Gene Callahan for their deceivingly simple set designs. Even in the daylight this film seems to be smothered by night, lit by the dim glow of a bar lamp or the overhead glare of a pool-table light, an appropriate environment for this tale of one man's struggle with his soul and his self-esteem. Newman returned as an older, wiser, cagier Felson 25 years later in Martin Scorsese's Color of Money. --Sean Axmaker
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 70
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 024543042136
Release Date 2002
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White Closed-captioned Widescreen
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