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The Hustler Details

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As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie has an Achilles' heel: arrogance. It's not enough for him to win: he must force his opponent to acknowledge his superiority. The movie follows Eddie from his match against billiards champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) as he falls in love with Sarah (Piper Laurie), an alcoholic would-be writer and sometime prostitute, and falls under the spell of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), a successful gambler who offers to take Eddie under his wing and teach him how to play in the big time. However, when Sarah joins Eddie and Bert on a trip to Louisville for a high-stakes match with a dandy named Findlay (Murray Hamilton), the consequences prove tragic. Along with a classic performance by Newman, The Hustler also features turns by Scott, Laurie, and Gleason, in a rare dramatic role. Cameos from pool champ Willie Mosconi and boxer Jake LaMotta add to the atmosphere of Harry Horner's grubby production design and Eugen Schüfftan's camerawork. Director Robert Rossen, who had been working in films since 1937, was to direct only one more film, Robert Rossen (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's Martin Scorsese, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 25, 1961

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Carroll Best Adapted Screenplay 1961 Nominee
National Board of Review Jackie Gleason Best Supporting Actor 1961 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jackie Gleason Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jackie Gleason Best Supporting Actor 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Horner Best Black and White Art Direction 1961 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Piper Laurie Best Actress 1961 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Paul Newman Best Foreign Actor 1961 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Actor 1961 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Rossen Best Film - Any Source 1961 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Robert Rossen Best Director 1961 Winner
Directors Guild of America Robert Rossen Best Director 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rossen Best Director 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rossen Best Adapted Screenplay 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rossen Best Picture 1961 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George C. Scott Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George C. Scott Best Supporting Actor 1961 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gene Callahan Best Black and White Art Direction 1961 Winner

Cast

Paul Newman
as "Fast" Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason
as Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie
as Sarah Packard
George C. Scott
as Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick
as Charlie Bums
Murray Hamilton
as Findlay
Michael Constantine
as Big John
Stefan Gierasch
as Preacher
Jake LaMotta
as Bartender
Carolyn Coates
as Waitress
Carl York
as Young Hustler
Charles Dierkop
Vincent Gardenia
as Bartender
Clifford A. Pellow
as Turk
Don Koll
as Ticket Clerk
Willie Mosconi
as Willie
Sid Raymond
as First Man
Art Smith
as Old Man Attendant
Willie Mosconi
as Willie
Clifford A. Pellow
as Turk
Vincent Gardenia
as Bartender
Don Koll
as Ticket Clerk
Sid Raymond
as First Man

Crew

Robert Rossen
Director
Robert Rossen
Producer
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Walter Tevis
Book Author
Sidney Carroll
Screenwriter
Kenyon Hopkins
Composer (Music Score)
Dede Allen
Editor
Harry Horner
Production Designer
Albert Brenner
Art Director
Gene Callahan
Set Designer
Ruth Morley
Costume Designer
Richard Vorisek
Sound/Sound Designer
Willie Mosconi
Consultant/advisor
Ulu Grosbard
Assistant Director
Robert Jiras
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