The Hustler (1961)

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




  • Paul Newman and Piper Laurie in The Hustler (1961)
  • Paul Newman and Michael Constantine in The Hustler (1961)
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason in The Hustler (1961)
  • The Hustler (1961)
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4 May 1999 | coop-16
| Superb film by a great director.
Because of his tragically erratic, often interrupted career, Robert Rossen is rarely put into the pantheon of great Hollywood directors. However, he produced three films which deserve a permanent place among the classics, All the Kings Men( probably the best film about American politics), Lilith( one of the greatest films about mental illness) and this, a movie which DESERVES to be ranked with the hundred greatest, and possibly the fifty greatest, American films. It is superbly acted, brilliantly photographed and edited, and directed with clarity and assurance. In a just world ( if there is such a place), an special Oscar would have been bestowed on Newman, Laurie, Scott, and Gleason AS A GROUP. Piper Laurie was unforgettably poignant, Scott unforgettably sleazy, and Gleason... well, Gleason simply IS Minnesota Fats. Paul Newman almost certainly deserved the Oscar.It was an amusing irony, perhaps a little joke by God, that the bartender in the movie was played by none other than Jake LaMotta.

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