The Hustler

The Hustler

Robert Rossen (1961)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This classic drama may seem atypical by the standards of today's fast-moving sports movies: the mock-poetic, soul-searching dialogue and the alcoholic heroine are firmly rooted in 1950s social realism. It does for pool players what dozens of other downbeat films did for boxers: it psychoanalyses them, determined to make them into complex dramatic characters. However, as a showcase for one of Paul Newman's best screen performances, it's still a masterpiece, with Newman, Jackie Gleason (as Minnesota Fats) and George C Scott striking sparks in the perfectly captured seedy pool-hall atmosphere. The picture is streets ahead of Martin Scorsese's flashy sequel, The Color of Money, for which Newman finally won his deserved Oscar.


An arrogant pool shark challenges a renowned champion player, only to lose the match and end up broke with his confidence shattered. With the aid of a cut-throat manager, he sets about honing his skills for a rematch - but making it to the top could cost him everything. Oscar-winning drama, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C Scott, Piper Laurie, Murray Hamilton and Myron McCormick.

Cast & Crew

`Fast' Eddie Felson Paul Newman
Minnesota Fats Jackie Gleason
Bert Gordon George C Scott
Sarah Packard Piper Laurie
Charlie Burns Myron McCormick
Findlay Murray Hamilton
Big John Michael Constantine
Preacher Stefan Gierasch
Director Robert Rossen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains some violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray