The Hustler Reviews
You have to like pool or an ugly young Newman to like this film, so that narrows the audience to three target groups: gay men, desperate women, or men who think the three stooges either are or were president or should be.
To top it off, there are some lame thoughts about addiction obviously concocted by chemically addled individuals whose addiction is unfettered.
Watched this on 21/9/15
Both the hustler and it's sequel 'The Color of Money' are top notch films where the former is more emotional and less stylized whereas the Martin Scorsese film wonderfully directed, visually striking and energetic. The Hustler benefits mostly from a top notch performance from Paul Newman, a performance that should have earned him an Oscar. The other actors Piper Laurie, George C Scott and Jackie Gleeson do their parts pretty well.
Her happiness on a gambling man-recipe for disaster. I could tell she was trouble from the start. Obvi scott was a creepy evil opportunist. Fast Eddie was a gambling addict-cocky and dumb. It was hard to relate to these characters and while I found there were some profound moments and redemption in the end it was hard to get into and kinda slow.
Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felsen, one of the character that made him famous and for which he could win an Oscar.
Piper Laurie as Oscar nominated plays the doomed love interest. Standout performances come from Jackie Gleason, breaking his Ralph Cramden persona to play a hustler, and most notably George C. Scott, as Newman's oily manager.