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Hustle

3.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Description

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

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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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Sizemore, Dash Mihok
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ESPN Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q941Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hustle" on IMDb

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This movie does a pretty good job of showing what Pete Rose is about.....himself. He may have admitted to betting on baseball and the Reds after fourteen years of denial but he believed then and now that he is bigger than the game. The movie shows this.
The special features on this DVD are very good. It has interviews with the investigator John Dowd, Fay Vincent & Paul Janzen who was dumb enough to listen to Pete. Also included is the press conference with Bart Giamatti & the interview where he admits his guilt but STILL denies that they showed him the evidence that they had against him. Just check out these interviews and the movie and you'll agree that Pete doesn't belong in the Hall Of Fame.
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I saw this movie on ESPN several times. It is an eye opener, if factually correct. Tom Sizemore plays Pete Rose and depicts him getting stooges to place bets for him. Rose's complicity in gambling on baseball is no longer in question, indeed, the movie closes with actual footage of Rose making admissions. What was a revelation to me was the depiction of Rose as a totally self centered user. Dash Mihok is very convincing as a sucker Rose uses to place bets for him and, as Rose gets more deeply involved, Rose cajoles him into laying out money on his behalf. Rose was smooth and he was adept at sucking others in and assuring them that all is OK with breezy assurances and back slapping. He had no real friends, only poor suckers who, starry eyed at being part of a celebrity's inner circle, were taken advantage of. They were Rose's "friends" only so long as they were useful to him. Otherwise, Rose would dump them and not return their calls.

Rose comes across as a prize BS artist who, cajoles and gets the celebrity stricken hanger on, played by Mihok, to do his dirty work. Rose's sin of betting on baseball, and particularly the Reds, was unforgivable but, not nearly as unforgivable as was his use of others. He ends up smooth talking his stooge rather than paying him back the money he owed. In fact, through his lawyer, Rose attempted to make it appear that he was doing the poor guy a favor when he paid back only a portion of the debt. Being involved in gambling was not half as bad as dragging others in with him and then attempting to leave them holding the bag. I am fully aware that filmakers resort to dramatic license but, if Rose's amoral use of others is subtanially true, then he certainly should never, ever, be allowed into baseball again. Perhaps, he should be allowed into the hall of fame, so long as his plaque does not gloss over his misdeeds. However, he should never be allowed on a baseball field in any official capacity.
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One thing made apparent from the extras included with this very first ESPN TV movie is that the pleasant-looking yuppie of the teleplay whom Pete Rose convinces to place bets for him with mob bookies looks like a thug in real life.

The story mainly sticks to Rose's gambling addiction and his self-inflicted downfall from placing bets on his own team, then lying about these and showing no remorse after being caught.

Sizemore gapes, mugs and exaggerates Pete's ambling monkey gait.

An only-OK sports bio directed by Peter Bogdonovich.

Includes these extras:

ABC PRIMETIME LIVE - Charlie Gibson interviews Pete Rose (7/18/89)
SPORTS CENTURY - interview: Pete Rose (6/13/98)
Bart Giamatti press conference: "Banishment for life" (9/9/89)
Paul Janszen interview excerpts (12/18/02)
ESPN interview: Pete Rose ((1/8/04)
Tommy Gioioso on P. Rose (9/24/89)
ESPN interview: atty John David ('90)

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(4.2) Hustle (TV-2004) - Tom Sizemore/Dash Mihok/George DiCenzo/Jayne Eastwood
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Tom Sizemore at his best! He really gets inside the tragic character of baseball's Pete Rose in this great ESPN Film. What is it really like to have a gambling addiction- horrible? As we watch the FILM, hopefully we will see how a gambling addiction destroyed baseball great Pete Rose. After viewing this film, we can see the need for Gamblers Anonymous. On a personal level, we probably all know someone destroyed by compulsive gambling. Tragic!
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Very good product. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Good quality and easy to operate. Good product to purchase.
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an absolute waste of time. poorly done, worse acting and even worse directing. don't waste your money your time or insult your intelligence. I forced my way through half of the movie just to make sure I was not having a very poor dream because even a nightmare would be better played out than this junk.
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So, yeah, I'm a Charlie Hustle guy. I also think that Tom Sizemore makes Charelton Heston seem like a Euro-trash porn stunt double who hasn't worked in weeks due to dysentery. Nuff said! Get this movie, unless ofcourse that ur an enormous jerk, disliked by both family and city officials.
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Good baseball movie! Very interesting information about the the whole Pete Rose ordeal.
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