“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