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The Hustler (1961)

NR 134 min - Drama - 25 September 1961
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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® nominations. 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

Director:  Robert Rossen
Stars:  Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch, Jake LaMotta, Vincent Gardenia, Gordon B. Clarke, Clifford A. Pellow, Alexander Rose, Carolyn Coates, Carl York

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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® nominations. 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



Tagline: They called him Fast Eddie. He was a winner. He was a loser. He was a hustler.

Genres: Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  25 September 1961

Box Office

Budget:  $2,000,000
Revenue:  $7,600,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Rossen Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 14 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR — Paul Newman {“Eddie Felson”}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Jackie Gleason {“Minnesota Fats”}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — George C. Scott {“Bert Gordon”}
ACTRESS — Piper Laurie {“Sarah Packard”}
ART DIRECTION (Black-and-White) — Art Direction: Harry Horner; Set Decoration: Gene Callahan – WON
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Eugen Shuftan – WON
DIRECTING — Robert Rossen
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Robert Rossen, Producer
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen


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