Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in this riveting film that received an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its stars Oscar nominations. Newman is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts back street pool rooms fleecing anyone who'll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats, who's backed by Bert Gordon. The love of a lonely woman could turn Eddie's life around, but he won't rest until he bests Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay.
Hopperesque Pool Nighthawks.
- The Hustler review by Steve Mason
Extremely atmospheric pool hall tragedy, with outstanding cinematography and an iconic Paul Newman performance, as Fast Eddie Felson. One of the great films of its era, and the best sport film of all time...
This was on my list of classic films. It was much darker than I thought it would be. The pool scenes are great (they had long pool matches back then) but it's no barrel of laughs. Newman is good I thought, so are George C Scott (from Dr Strangelove) and Jackie Gleason; Piper Laurie I wasn't bowled over by her character or her performance, which is a shame because I liked her in Carrie.