The Hustler (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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The new Collector's Edition features begin with "Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness" (11:50), in which Paul Newman, costar Piper Laurie, Dede Allen, actor Michael Constantine, and USC film-school professor Drew Casper are seen in separate interviews, discussing the personality, psychology, and motivations of Newman's memorable character. Most of the same interviewees appear in "Milestones in Cinema History" (28:00), an excellent in-depth study of The Hustler, focusing on the film's themes of winning and losing in America, its place in the history of cinematic social realism, and revealing character analysis. In "Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle" (9:35), several authors and professional billiards players discuss the history of pool sharks and The Hustler's authentic depiction of pool-hall hustlers. "Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand" (43:40) is a full-length episode of Biography from 2003, narrated by Lost in Space alumnus Bill Mumy and providing a thorough biographical profile of Newman from the start of his stellar career and long-time marriage to Joanne Woodward, to his superb supporting role in 2002's Road to Perdition. "The Films of Paul Newman" is a collection of eight trailers from 20th-Century Fox productions that Newman starred in; the stills gallery consists of nine images (stills, posters, etc.) from The Hustler; and the film's English and Spanish-language theatrical trailers are also included. --Jeff Shannon
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie I received was in black and white. It seems to me that for the year it was produced it could have been done in color.Published 15 days ago by Mapster41
I have watched this movie several times learning something new each time. Mr.Gleason and Mr.Newmann are such wonderful actors. Read morePublished 19 days ago by sandra
My mother, aunt and I watched much, but not all of the movie, which was supposed to be a classic. Why? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Long Tom
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