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1,941 Ratings

The Hustler

Directed by Robert Rossen
United States, 1961
Drama, Romance, Sport


An up-and-coming pool player (Paul Newman) plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

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The Hustler Directed by Robert Rossen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1962 | 7 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1962 | 2 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

National Film Preservation Board

1997 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

It goes almost without saying that this near-perfect parable has little to do with the game of pool. It’s about temptation, punishment, and salvation. Every performance is brilliant, Newman’s most of all, yet he had to wait 25 years, until he reprised his role as Eddie in Scorsese’s sequel The Color of Money, to get his Oscar. Go figure.
May 18, 2016
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