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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good baseball movie! Very interesting information about the the whole Pete Rose ordeal.Published 14 months ago by Harley Flake
He's not in the Hall of Fame, nevertheless, Pete Rose was still one of the best players in Baseball history. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Todd Smith
I also need to send this movie back. When you're watching it it wants to pause every little bit. I don't want to have this movie sent back. I would like to have credit for it. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Barbara Cauthron