The Hustler Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton, Jake LaMotta

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Hustler

“The Hustler” is a magnificent film about “character,” not pool. That's what's important to Bert Gordon (Scott) who bankrolls “Fast Eddie” Felson (Newman) after he loses convincingly in straight pool to legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason).
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While Eddie moves in with alcoholic Sarah (Laurie), Bert arranges a curious pocket billiards game with a Southern gentleman (Murray Hamilton), and a winner-take-all rematch with Fats. Even though Bert is at least partially responsible for Eddie's thumbs being broken by thugs, and Sarah's tragic suicide, perhaps he was right when he denounced Eddie, “Fats has more character in his little finger than you got in your whole skinny body.”

At the climax when Bert roars, “you owe me money,” we find out exactly how much character and confidence Eddie has indeed developed.

The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin

Based on a book written by Walter Tevis, THE HUSTLER is a movie directed by Robert Rossen in 1961. Nine nominations for the Academy Awards.

Paul Newman is a young talented pool player who earns his living by hustling people. He's finally had the opportunity to play Minnesota Fats but, too sure of himself, he loses after a 24 hours game. He will be taken care of by Piper Laurie, an alcoholic young woman, who will teach him self-respect and by George C. Scott, another gambler, who wants to organize a second confrontation between Paul Newman and Minnesota Fats. Masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Hustler

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   gambler Lover is...    -   physically ill or deformed

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   gambler Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   school    -   sports arena    -   bar    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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