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
I think everyone in the world knows a Fast Eddie, and he / she frustrates the hell out of them. I think everyone in the world also sees a little bit of Fast Eddie in themselves at the same time, and that also frustrates the hell out of them.
Every time I watch it, I think that I am going to like it more than I actually do. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid 4/5 stars, but early on I keep thinking it is finally going to click as an all-time classic. It hasn't yet, but I suppose that could still change.
Essential. An excellent, performance driven piece and a career high for Newman. The script is near perfect, whilst the overall screenplay focuses not solely on the game of pool but on the way it holds it's player's psychology to ransom. Rossen's direction and Dede Allen's editing combine to create a seedy, uncompromising vision of pool hustling where respect is gained but success is void.