Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its Oscar nomination. Newman (Best Actor nominee) is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms fleecing anyone who’ll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason, Supporting Actor nominee), who’s backed by Bert Gordon (Scott, Supporting Actor nominee), a predatory gambler. Eddie can beat the champ, but virtually defeats himself with his low self-image. The love of a lonely woman (Laurie, Best Actress nominee) could turn Eddie’s life around, but he won’t rest until he beats Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay. Voted one of the year’s ten best by The New York Times and Time, and distinguished by 2 Academy Awards- Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration (B&W), The Hustler is a dazzling cinematic triumph. –20th Century Fox
Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. Initially writing and directing for the stage, Rossen moved to Hollywood in 1937. His film career spanned almost three decades. Rossen was twice nominated for an Academy Award for best director and once for best adapted screenplay, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for All the King’s Men (1949).Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result he was unofficially blacklisted by the Hollywood studio bosses. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and was removed from the unofficial blacklist. He returned to filmmaking, although his last film so disillusioned him that he did not work for the last three years of his life.
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A performance film of the first order with sublime academy award nominated performances by Newman, Laurie, Gleason and especially George C. Scott. Scott should have won the oscar for his slimey, inhuman performance. Oscar winning black and white cinematography and art direction. Rossen and Carroll's adaptation of the source material was riviting. "character...i found it in a hotel room in louisville..."
A good movie to show students who want to learn editing principles. When the actual action on the table gets more important, the movie cuts in closer and quicker to the players' faces, not the balls or cues -- the game is in the mind. The movie quickens and slows its pace perfectly with Eddie's mindset. --PolarisDiB
Like many kids born in the 80’s and passionate about cinema I’ve been introduced to ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson by Martin Scorcese’s ‘The Color Of Money’ (1986 starring a young Tom Cruise alongside Paul Newman… read review
Fast Eddie Felson keeps making “Contracts of Degradation.” Fast Eddie is young, talented, cocky, has the mind of a hustler, but doesn’t know when to stop, a taste for booze, and lacks Character because… read review