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Hustle (1975) (Region 2) (Import)

Burt Reynolds , Catherine Deneuve , Robert Aldrich    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00469YS22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,588 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish. Audio: English, French, Spanish, German. Jaded, cynical, edgy. Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard, Without A Paddle) is Lt. Phil Gaines, a case-hardened Los Angeles detective who finds himself drawn into a dark, complex puzzle that involves the death of a teenage girl. Complicating his investigation is his sizzling relationship with an icy hooker (Catherine Deneuve), who has a dangerous connection to the case - one of her high-powered clients (Eddie Albert) is a main suspect. Moreover, the victim's unstable father (Ben Johnson) blurs the focus of Gaines' investigation even further by embarking on his own erratic, inept sleuthing. Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Carter also star in a suspenseful, gritty tale of urban corruption and murder directed by Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard, Kiss Me Deadly).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
At the moment this 70s cop thriller is at a bargain low price, which makes it worth picking up even with it having no extras at all. I doubt there will be a special edition with the film pretty much forgotten, but you might feel shortchanged if you pay the full levy and hold it against the film. It's got that bleak feeling a lot of Nixon and post-Nixon American films had, with no-one trustworthy, not cops, not politicians, not even the victim's grieving family. Even the antihero isn't that sympathetic, a burned out cop who drifts through the case trying to make it go away so no-one else gets hurt. It's a rare chance to see Burt Reynolds show what a strong actor he could be in the right film, but if you are a Reynolds fan don't expect car chases or comedy. There's only a couple of action scenes but a lot of strong adult drama. Good stuff but would it be asking too much for Paramount to just put the trailer on some of their old movies?
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3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and the indifferent 14 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
At times it's hard to know quite what to make of Hustle. There's certainly a good film in there, but there's also a bad one as well and Robert Aldrich doesn't make the two into something entirely cohesive. Joseph Biroc's photography is somewhat schizophrenic too. The police station interiors and night shots look great with a classic neo-noir look to them with their deep blacks, but some of the daytime work looks like painfully artificial TV movie stuff. Some of the editing is awkward and some of the writing so on the nose it's like someone decided to film `My First Cop Movie' while the references to Moby Dick (the film, not the book) come over as Symbolism 101, but then it delivers something good enough for you to want to file away and use yourself at a later date.

Where it scores is in its portrait of a job and a place where you can all too easily lose all sense of yourself, a side of Los Angeles the film captures remarkably well (there's a reason so many Angelinos move to different States or even countries). Burt Reynolds' cop is so desensitized to his job that he obliviously talks to the morgue staff about football scores while escorting a father to see his daughter's dead body, behavior no-one finds shocking in a place where people only count if they're `somebody.' In many ways the most impressive thing about it is its determination to avoid becoming a murder mystery: no-one, least of all Reynolds, has any interest in investigating a murder, and neither does the film. Instead it's more interested in the emotional fallout from the death and how it affects (or rather fails to affect) those around the death. It all ends in violence, naturally, albeit with the caveat that you end up paying for the sins you didn't commit rather than the ones you you did.

Paramount's DVD boasts a good 1.85:1 widescreen transfer but, as usual with the studio, no extras at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Burt Reynolds movie 30 Aug 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the star's best films. It is one of his serious minded roles, where he knows a good straight performance is what's required. In my opinion he is a criminally underrated film actor, perhaps overlooked because of his very relaxed and natural style, and good sense of humour. He's not so different to Paul Newman in his acting style, and ability, but it may be all the light, serio-comic and action man roles he's taken on that had him typecast only for that type of role. In the several serious roles he took on, he usually shone, as he does here in this excellent detective thriller. As a hard bitten, rather disillusioned police detective, Burt heads an investigation into the murder of a local girl, which takes him into delicate political territory. His distaste at what is slowly unveiled leads him to make an unorthodox decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hustle is directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Steve Shagan. It stars Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert and Eileen Brennan. Music is by Frank De Vol and cinematography by Joseph Biroc.

A dead girl on the beach, that creates heat.

When the body of a young hooker and drug user is found on the beach, the weary LAPD detectives wrap it all up quickly as a suicide. But the father is having none of it and sets about doing his own investigation. All parties involved with the woman, known or presently unknown, are heading for a collision course.

You are doing it for a nobody.

It's a bleak and seamy L.A. that forms the setting for Aldrich's sadly undervalued neo noir. A place where the police are often corrupt, turning a blind eye to illegal activities perpetrated by high profile suits, where pimps, pushers and prostitutes thrive. Unfaithful wives, a shoe fetish and rebuilt asses also mark the land! Our central cop is Lt. Gaines (Reynolds), a cynical classic movie buff yearning for the European world of harmony depicted in the movies he so enjoys. He's in a relationship with a French call girl (Deneuve), it's a strained relationship, but there is love there if the two of them could just unshackle their hang-ups and vulnerabilities. And then there's the tortured father of the dead girl (Johnson), an ex-serviceman of the Korean War, he's highly strung, volatile, he carries deep emotional baggage that will become heavier the more he learns about his baby girl's existence.

I'm starting to draw dirty pictures of what you do.

The case of the dead girl is merely a backdrop to the unravelling of the primary characters' make ups.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller
No exactly an A list cast but they do a very good job and make this an enjoyable thriller. certainly worth a watch or two
Published 6 months ago by LESLIE TAYLOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Good noir that should have been even better
A good movie that could have been a great movie if Burt Reynolds was a
better actor.

It's dark, bitter noir, abut cop in love with high priced call girl. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Every man's in search of a white whale. And when you find him he...
Hustle is directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Steve Shagan. It stars Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert and Eileen... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
This movie is a real "blast from the past". Good story and well played by main actors. Although this is a fairly old movie it easily stands up to current movies of this genre.
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by M. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The real hustle
Hustle' stars Burt Reynolds in his post deliverance prime along with a great supporting cast, not least Catherine Deneuve who plays his girlfriend by choice and hooker by... Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by Ctwilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good noir that should have been even better
A good movie that could have been a great movie if Burt Reynolds was a stronger actor.

It's dark, bitter noir, abut cop in love with high priced call girl. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970s cop classic
Directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Reynolds - always going to be a winner for me. The 1970s had the best cop films and this should be in your collection. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by Razor
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and the indifferent
At times it's hard to know quite what to make of Hustle. There's certainly a good film in there, but there's also a bad one as well and Robert Aldrich doesn't make the two into... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2007 by Trevor Willsmer
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