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Thumbnail for The Hustler (1961) The Hustler (1961)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 81
Notable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkGenre: drama film, film adaptation, sports filmMain subject: gamblingNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 130 - 135 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York CityDirector: Robert RossenScreenwriter: Walter Tevis, Robert Rossen, Sidney CarrollBased on: The HustlerMusic: Kenyon HopkinsCinematography: Eugen SchüfftanStars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Vincent Gardenia, Jake LaMotta, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch, Myron McCormickProducer: Robert RossenStudio: 20th Century FoxAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Eugen Schüfftan)
BAFTA Award for Best Film (Robert Rossen)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Paul Newman)
Academy Award for Best Actress (Piper Laurie)
Academy Award for Best Director (Robert Rossen)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Robert Rossen)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (George C. Scott)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Jackie Gleason)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen)
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the 1959 novel of the same name he and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his desire to break into the "major league" of professional hustling and high stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it. He throws his raw talent and ambition up against the best player in the country; seeking to best the legendary pool player "Minnesota Fats." After initially losing to Fats and getting involved with unscrupulous manager Bert Gordon, Eddie returns to beat Fats, but only after paying a terrible personal price. The film was shot on location in New York City. It stars Paul Newman as Eddie Felson, Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, Piper Laurie as Sarah, and George C. Scott as Bert. The Hustler was a major critical and popular success, gaining a reputation as a modern classic. Its exploration of winning, losing, and character garnered a number of major awards; it is also credited with helping to spark a resurgence in the popularity of pool.


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