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The Hustler (1961)

Paul Newman , Jackie Gleason , Robert Rossen  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick
  • Directors: Robert Rossen
  • Writers: Robert Rossen, Sidney Carroll, Walter Tevis
  • Producers: Robert Rossen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063US2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hustler" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original documentary: "The Hustler: The Inside Story"
  • Picture in picture commentary on "How To Make the Trick Shots"

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The DVD debut of this landmark drama is exceptional. Besides a luminous widescreen transfer and picture-in-picture deconstruction of the pool shots by billiards master Mike Massey, the commentary track is unique--and we hope starts a new trend. Film historian Jeff Young hosts an oral history of the film from a variety of sources including Paul Newman, legendary editor Dede Allen (who nearly steals the show), assistant director Ulu Grosbard, Time magazine critic Richard Schickel, and director Robert Rossen's daughter, Carol. The result is a free-following collection of memories created decades after the film wrapped (and many of the key players have died). Don't want the fine details? The new 25-minute documentary hits the major points with expertise. --Doug Thomas

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Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy AwardÂ(r) nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its OscarÂ(r) nomination. Newman (Best Actor nom

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hustle this one into your collection, quick!!! July 4, 2002
Format:DVD
The Hustler spotlights one of Paul Newman's finest performances in his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral pool hustler who's determined to be the greatest pool player in the country by beating the legendary Minnesota Fats (played flawlessly by Jackie Gleason).
The film is a gritty, uncompromising character study and tragic love story that is set in the world of pool hustlers. Piper Laurie; as an alcoholic floozy who falls hard for Fast Eddie; and George C. Scott as the cold hearted manipulative gambler, Bert Gordon,-- contribute two additional flawless supporting performances. It was directed by the controversial Robert (All the King's Men) Rossen (he resisted but eventually named names during the infamous blacklist of the 50's).
The film focuses on the arrogant, unsympathetic exploits of a con man as he uses his charm, looks and pool playing skills to hustle enough money to challenge Minnesota Fats, only to be humiliated in defeat. As 'Fast Eddie' attempts to raise money for a re-match, he meets and almost falls in love with Sarah a fellow alcoholic. At first Fast Eddie refuses to be managed by Bert Gordon, but after a pool hall hustle ends up with Fast Eddie having his thumbs broken, he reconsiders. Before the re-match with Minnesota Fats, a warm up high stakes game in Louisville has tragic consequences.
The film dares to focus on a-typical anti-hero characters who live by amoral codes. Very little Hollywood style gloss is to be found anywhere in this stylistic gritty masterpiece which wound up being nominated for 10 Academy Awards (West Side Story won most of them that year). Cinematographer Eugene Shufftan deservedly won an Oscar for his moodily lit, beautiful black and white images.
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106 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great because it is the opposite of Color of Money December 25, 1999
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Many people who saw the slick and stylish Scorcese creation Color of Money didn't even realize that Eddie Felson already existed on the silver screen in The Hustler. What many people tell me when they find out and see The Hustler is that either they hated it or loved it. That's because while Color of Money is smooth, slick, smooth, and polished, The Hustler is raw, biting, and powerful and so by definition it is not for everyone. Color of Money is more about visual effects and music, which is classic Scorcese, though there's no real substance. Scorcese himself has said in interviews that movies like Goodfellas were close to his heart, but Color of Money was just a commercialized creation.
The Hustler, on the other hand, really grabs you. First off, as a pool player myself, let me tell you Tom Cruise can't play pool worth a damn, and that lack of authenticity is a glaring weakness to begin with. But just the fact that Newman and Gleason can play pool does not make The Hustler a better movie - it's a masterpiece because it is a gripping tale of human redepmption, of Eddie's battle to separate his pool game from his self-esteem. It's also about one man's passion for the game. How can any pool player forget that soliloquoy by Fast Eddie when he and Sarah go for that picnic, how he talks about how he loves even just the sound of the click of the balls, how the cue has nerves in it and is part of his arm!
Remember that last scene in Color of Money, where young cocky Vincent plays the older, cagier Fast Eddie and Eddie declares "I'm back" before he breaks the balls? Even though the movie ends there, everyone knows Eddie wiped up the floor with Vincent. Vincent's character had talent, but Eddie had character, and that's what beat Fast Eddie time he played Fats.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Let's face it, what can I possibly say about Robert Rossen's exquisitely hard-edged classic that hasn't been said before? "The Hustler" is an astounding and uncompromising drama that seems as fresh today as it did 45 years ago. So often we'll look back at the classics--and, as is appropriate, they might seem dated. Times change and that is reflected in cinema. "The Hustler," though, is one of the rare films that was so sophisticated, so intelligent, and so honestly raw--that its power has not been diminished by the years. Set in a very unglamorous world of pool halls and back rooms, "The Hustler" is a testosterone fueled excursion into the life and pursuits of one of Hollywood's most notorious anti-heroes--Fast Eddie Felson. Nominated for eight Oscars, this refreshingly adult film cemented Paul Newman's status as one of our greatest actors.

The story of "The Hustler" is surprisingly simplistic. A brash young pool shark sets his sights on defeating one of the game's greatest players--Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason, at his best). But getting up on Fats isn't enough--no, he wants to crush his opponent. Eddie's naked and uncompromising drive eventually becomes his undoing as his winning streak turns to defeat. Despondent and broke, Eddie aligns with an equally desperate love interest. Sarah, played by Piper Laurie (never better), is a bitter alcoholic who has given up on life. But her complicated romance with Eddie seems to hint at the possibility of new hope. Eddie, however, can't change his spots overnight and an encounter with an unscrupulous manager (George C. Scott) just might get Eddie a second chance at Fats. For good or for bad, it seems Eddie is destined to go down that road again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by E. Spaletta
4.0 out of 5 stars Pool movies
Movies of this topic and of this quality are hard to find. Both actors put on a fantastic show pulling you into the movie and entertaining you as they do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dwayne Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
but I'll never watch it again. One time is enough. Fairly interesting, well filmed and scored, but hardly believable story about two misfits whose only talents are to drink, make... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yoselovich Boris
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies ever made
I recommend this movie to people of all ages, children and adults. Necessary viewing for humans in the real world.
Published 1 month ago by Sebastian H Reetz
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Movie!
Who wouldn't love to see a movie with such great stars like Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason AND in the SAME movie!. Love this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Tyrrell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greatest films--a timeless classic!!
This is a film that will be shown 100 years from now and it'll still have as powerful an impact as it did when it was first released. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SMR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, two of the best talents of Hollywood...
Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason = great film!!! I do not want to be a spoiler... but this is a Great Movie
about Pool Hustling... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
The movie exceeded my expectations!
Paul Newman is great, best actor quality. Jackie Gleason plays an awesome character in a supporting actor role. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edshearhands
5.0 out of 5 stars Great complement to The Color of Money, also with Paul Newman
I bought this along with The Color of Money, also starring Paul Newman, so I could do a compare/contrast with this older version, The Hustler. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Sarcasticynic
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hustler
Difficult to watch but young Paul is so beautiful as well as the young lady. It's nostalgic to see a glimpse of American life in the 1950's
Published 2 months ago by Patti Roche
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