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Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption. Read critic reviews

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Story Fast Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and his adventures in the world of professional pool. Fast Eddie is a young hopeful on his way to challenging Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) for his world title. When he starts getting feelings for a woman he gets into a dilemma.

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Paul Newman
"Fast" Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason
Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie
Sarah Packard
Myron McCormick
Charlie Burns
Murray Hamilton
Oames Findley
Sydney Carroll
Screenwriter
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Walter S. Tevis
Writer (Novel)
Kenyon Hopkins
Original Music
Eugen Schüfftan
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Dede Allen
Film Editor
Harry Horner
Production Designer
Albert Brenner
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Critic Reviews for The Hustler

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (1)

  • Newman gives a restrained, modulated performance, an unusual one in that character development is sought and achieved with utilization only of voice, gesture, intensity.

    September 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is first-rate.

    January 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Like a traditional morality play; teens and up.

    December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Newman is better than usual; Gleason, as the slit-mouthed, beady-eyed Minnesota Fats, darts among the shabby little pool sharks like an improbably agile and natty whale; and Gambler Scott looks as though he could sell hot-air heat to the devil.

    August 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This is the purest examination of an athlete's internal struggle ever mounted for the screen.

    June 29, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Hustler belongs to that school of screen realism that allows impressive performances but defeats the basic goal of pure entertainment.

    March 21, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hustler

  • Jun 24, 2019
    A truly amazing story of a pool shark grifter who finds himself along a painful journey. One of the finest directed movies I've ever seen (Robert Rossen) as its carefully crafted in every way.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    Paul Newman is at his best playing "Fast" Eddie Felson; a degenerate gambler who shoots pool to make a living. A sad but entertaining film made even more impressive by the knowledge that Newman and Gleason mainly played the shots themselves.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2015
    With an exceptional cast - most especially Paul Newman and Piper Laurie in outstanding performances -, this is a profoundly compelling and richly complex character study about an arrogant, self-destructive anti-hero in search of his own "character" and finding it in a most painful way.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2013
    Before bringing down the character in the Color of Money, Newman creates a great pool shark in Fast Eddie Felson. The showdown with Minnesota Fats has a wonderful buildup and gives us good tension for the final battle.
    John B Super Reviewer

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