The Hustler

1961, Drama, 2h 15m

48 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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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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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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