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Steve Shagan wrote the script, and like his 1973 Save the Tiger, this movie's central character is a burnt-out case with a nostalgia for lost values: an LAPD detective (Burt Reynolds) whose spiritual/ethical touchstones are film-noir Bogart and soft-focus French movies of the '60s. He should have a girlfriend played by Catherine Deneuve--and he does, a Deneuve whose first signs of aging on screen are an evocative element of the film. Her character is a high-class courtesan whose clients include a prominent attorney (Eddie Albert); he also appears to have had some connection with a 20-year-old hooker/druggie whose corpse just washed up on a California beach. Throw in Ben Johnson as the dead girl's seething war-veteran dad, Eileen Brennan as his wife, Paul Winfield and Ernest Borgnine as Reynolds's fellow cops, and you've got one potent ensemble. Reynolds isn't equal to the task of selling some of Shagan's most florid rhetoric (probably no actor would be), but he makes an honorable stab at it. And as an urbane power-broker who can contemplate an assassination while finishing his Cobb salad, the late Eddie Albert is chilling, just chilling. --Richard T. Jameson
Starts out very weak. Burt Reynolds is great as usual, but the script doesn't give him any 'edge'. Read more
The condition of this movie is okay when you consider that it is an old movie.Published 2 months ago by Retirerich#
Time is kind to some films. This ain't one of them. A huge flop on initial release that has found its way into the pantheon on modern noir, this stinkhole is bad no matter what... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James Williams
THIS IS BURT RYNOLDS BEST MOVIE EVER.YOU SAW ALL SIDES OF HIM IN THIS MOVIW.IT IS A GREAT MOVIE AND HE NEVER COULD NEVER TOP. IT BUY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.Published on May 19, 2012 by LARRY E. MCDONALD SR.
Slow, murky and joyless, Hustle has little to recommend it.
Burt Reynolds and Paul Winfield are dull as dishwater (dirty dishwater just about sums this movie up) and the... Read more
A good movie that could have been a great movie if Burt Reynolds was a better actor.
It's dark, bitter noir, abut cop in love with high priced call girl. Read more
"Hustle" represents perhaps the bleakest Noir of the seventies. The remarkable and talented Robert Aldrich (Kiss me deadly)directed this emblematic film filled of satirical... Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
Would you believe there was time I thought Burt Reynolds was a good actor (Sharkey's Machine)? But even in "Deliverance" I didn't think he was that great. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by Pat Nava