Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore stars as baseball's talented and troubled hit king Pete Rose in the ESPN original movie HUSTLE.
Pete Rose earned the nickname "Charlie Hustle" for his aggressive style on and off the field. Ironically, the same mind-set that made him Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader ultimately led to his demise. Shortly after achieving baseball immortality, Rose headed down a dark road that would lead to lifetime banishment from the game he loved. Based on the facts set forth in the 1989 Dowd Report, HUSTLE chronicles the fascinating inside life of one of baseball's greatest players.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, this DVD is the hard-hitting story of an American icon's stunning fall from grace -- complete with exclusive bonus footage and interviews from the ESPN archives.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
ABC Primetime Live Special With Charlie Rose
SportsCentury Interview With Pete Rose
Bart Giamatti Press Conference - "The Banishment For Life"
Excerpts From Paul Janszen ESPN Interview
Tommy Gioiosa On Pete Rose
John Dowd Interview With ESPN
SportsCentury Interview With John Dowd
Hustle is a taut, engrossing made-for-television feature about the downward spiral of Pete Rose in the late 1980s, when the baseball legend's gambling addiction led to his banishment from the game. Tom Sizemore perfectly captures Rose's blithe, avuncular public personality and more secretive, worrisome signs of eroding integrity as betting losses lead the Cincinnati Reds' manager to start wagering on baseball itself--including the fortunes of his own team. Peter Bogdanovich (Saint Jack) directs an excellent cast (including Dash Mihok as the stooge who gets suckered into paying Rose's debts to a lethal bookie), and teases out a fascinating psychodrama about the depths of denial and depravity ordinary people will reach to bask in a superstar's sunlight. Melissa DiMarco makes much of a thin role as Rose's wife, Carol, whose faith in her husband's essential goodness never wavers even as she retaliates against his degeneration. --Tom Keogh