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A young pool shark long on grit and short on honor, Eddie Paul Newman drinks J. Brown bourbon and hustles suckers at billiards. Eddie — the startup buck — and his mentor-rival Minnesota Fats are only half the story.
The film's poster taglines emphasized:. Rossen's shattering experience of naming names in the s HUAC hearings after being blacklisted and then recanting two years later influenced his writing for this film - the low-life, bruised film hero is both self-hating and cowardly. Paul Newman in the lead role in arguably his penultimate and accomplished screen appearance as a brash, contending pool hustler "They called him 'Fast Eddie'" became a leading man with this film, but he was wrongly denied his first Oscar - although twenty-five years later, the Academy honored Newman with his first and sole Best Acting Award for reprising the role in director Martin Scorsese's sequel, The Color of Money
The HustlerAmerican film drama, released inthat won both popular and critical acclaim and earned each of its four major actors Paul NewmanJackie GleasonGeorge C. Scottand Piper Laurie Academy Award nominations. The film sparked a resurgence of popularity in the game of pool.
Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match. Clarke Clifford A.
If you haven't seen The Hustler yet, one of the best movies in the history of cinema, please don't delay it anymore. This movie will leave you in awe from beginning to end. And while you are at it, have a whiskey or two. Being one of Paul Newman's best performances ever—if not the best—is enough reason to watch this 's dark drama of losers and losers.
There are only a handful of movie characters so real that the audience refers to them as touchstones. Fast Eddie Felson is one of them. The pool shark played by Paul Newman in "The Hustler" is indelible--given weight because the film is not about his victory in the final pool game, but about his defeat by pool, by life, and by his lack of character.
It was viewed as little more than something men did to amuse themselves while drinking. But The Hustler changed that. With handsome Paul Newman and elegant Jackie Gleason knocking the balls around, suddenly the game was respectable. The movie—which was released 55 years ago today—was respectable too, earning nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and nods to all four main actorsthough it only won for its cinematography and set decoration.