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The Hustler

The Hustler

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
, Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
, George C. Scott
George C. Scott
Robert Rossen
The Hustler

The Hustler

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
, Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
, George C. Scott
George C. Scott
Robert Rossen

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Repackaged)

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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, Lilith (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
UPC: 0024543771944
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 4,563

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Paul Newman, Film Historian Jeff Young, Film Critic Richard Schickel ; ; Paul Newman at Fox; Jackie Gleason: The Big Man; The Real Hustler: Walter Tevis; Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness; ; Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler; ; Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle; ; The Hustler: The Inside Story; Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand as Seen on Biography on the A&E Network; ; Trick Shot Analysis by Mike Massey; ; How to Make the Shot Featuring Five Scenes; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman "Fast" Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie Sarah Packard
George C. Scott Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick Charlie Bums
Murray Hamilton Findlay
Michael Constantine Big John
Stefan Gierasch Preacher
Jake LaMotta Bartender
Gordon B. Clarke Cashier-Bennington's
Alexander Rose Scorekeeper
Carolyn Coates Waitress
Carl York Young Hustler
Tom Aheame Actor
Charles Dierkop Actor
Vincent Gardenia Bartender
Clifford A. Pellow Turk
William Adams Old Doctor
Charles Andre Waiter
Don de Leo Another Player
Don Koll Ticket Clerk
Charles McDaniel Reservation Clerk
Willie Mosconi Willie
Sid Raymond First Man
Art Smith Old Man Attendant

Technical Credits
Robert Rossen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dede Allen Editor
Albert Brenner Art Director
Gene Callahan Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Carroll Screenwriter
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
Harry Horner Production Designer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Willie Mosconi Consultant/advisor
Eugen Schüfftan Cinematographer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

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