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The Hustler (25-Sep-1961)

Director: Robert Rossen

Writers: Sidney Carroll; Robert Rossen

From novel: The Hustler by Walter S. Tevis

Music by: Kenyon Hopkins

Producer: Robert Rossen

Keywords: Drama, Pool

A pool hustler with more talent than brains has the unlikely ambition of defeating the legendary Minnesota Fats. Willie Mosconi was technical adviser! Won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Set Decoration; received additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor and two Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adaptation. Entered 1997 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Michael Constantine
22-May-1927   My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Vincent Gardenia
7-Jan-1922 9-Dec-1992 Cher's father in Moonstruck
Jackie Gleason
26-Feb-1916 24-Jun-1987 Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners
Murray Hamilton
24-Mar-1923 1-Sep-1986 Jaws
Jake LaMotta
10-Jul-1921   Best chin in boxing
Piper Laurie
22-Jan-1932   Catherine Packard in Twin Peaks
Paul Newman
26-Jan-1925 26-Sep-2008 Salad dressing magnate
George C. Scott
18-Oct-1927 22-Sep-1999 Patton


Paul Newman   ...   Eddie Felson
Piper Laurie   ...   Sarah Packard
George C. Scott   ...   Bert Gordon
Jackie Gleason   ...   Minnesota Fats
Myron McCormick   ...   Charlie Burns
Murray Hamilton   ...   Findley
Michael Constantine   ...   Big John
Stefan Gierasch   ...   Preacher
Cliff Pellow   ...   Turk
Jake LaMotta   ...   Bartender
Gordon B. Clarke   ...   Cashier
Alexander Rose   ...   Score Keeper
Carolyn Coates   ...   Waitress
Carl York   ...   Young Hustler
Vincent Gardenia   ...   Bartender


Review by John Levin (posted on 5-Oct-2007)

Unrelentingly downbeat but outstanding nonetheless.Quality performances from all of the principles. Newman of course portrays the pool hustler who has loads of talent but no character. He's torn between the Piper Laurie character who has intelligence and character despite a drinking problem, and George C Scott who has money but no character. Jackie Gleason, a man who shot his share of pool, was ideally cast as Fats. Thered are many tense moments in this highly realistic film. It's worth seeing.

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