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The Hustler [1961] [DVD]

Paul Newman , Jackie Gleason , Robert Rossen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick
  • Directors: Robert Rossen
  • Writers: Robert Rossen, Sidney Carroll, Walter Tevis
  • Producers: Robert Rossen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Italian, English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069JF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paul Newman shines as cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. Newman's Felson is a swaggering pool shark punk who takes on the king of the poolroom, Minnesota Fats (a cool, assured Jackie Gleason in his most understated performance). After losing big and crashing into a void of self-pity, Eddie meets down-and-out Sarah (Piper Laurie in a delicate performance), an alcoholic blue blood who's dropped into Eddie's world of dingy bars and seedy poolrooms. Eddie regains his confidence and attracts the attention of a shifty, calculating promoter, Bert Gordon (George C. Scott at his most heartless), who offers to bring Eddie into the big money--but at what cost?

Rossen brings his film to life with the easy pace of a pool game, giving his actors room to explore their characters and develop into a razor-sharp ensemble. Eugen Schüfftan earned an Academy Award for his shadowing black-and-white cinematography, as did art directors Harry Horner and Gene Callahan for their deceivingly simple set designs. Even in the daylight this film seems to be smothered by night, lit by the dim glow of a bar lamp or the overhead glare of a pool-table light, an appropriate environment for this tale of one man's struggle with his soul and his self-esteem. Newman returned as an older, wiser, cagier Felson 25 years later in Martin Scorsese's Color of Money. --Sean Axmaker

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Low-life pool player Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) begins a downhill slide after losing to Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). However, gambler Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) sees the potential in the boy, takes him in, teaches him the art of the hustle, and sets him on the road to another thrilling pool hall confrontation with the unbeatable Fats. Robert Rossen's acclaimed classic won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for a further six. Martin Scorsese's film 'The Color of Money' (1986) is a sequel of sorts, with Newman playing Fast Eddie once again.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hustler (1961) 7 Dec 2001
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If it was perceived by the critical fraternity that Paul Newman was more impressive in The Colour of Money, The Hustler's sequel, then a great travesty has been done. Coupled of course with the loss of this film, in the best picture stakes, to West-Side Story.

The Hustler was Robert Rossen's cinematic masterpiece, and for all the stylistics and photography employed, it is the contest of pool talent over self-assurance that makes the lasting impression. Newman sneers, barks and grins his way through a consistently impressive script with deadbeat conviction, all the while teetering on the brink of Rossen's stark landscapes, and infinitely cynical world.

Newman is at times breathtaking as 'Fast' Eddy Felson, a young and talented pool hustler in search of the holy-grail, the legendary Minnesota Fats. He plays a hustler with aplomb, he roars anger and he whimpers in defeat.

A strong supporting performance from Piper Laurie, adds a romantic interest, and ultimately highlights the importance of love over the all-mighty dollar. George C. Scott impresses as a sociopath gambling-addict, and yet somehow Newman is the only one you see. Piper Laurie's melodramatic character traits threaten to upstage, but it's Newman all the way.

Jammed full of quotable lines, this film sometimes risks losing itself in the moment, but it is the very excellent script, and Newman's performance as one of the greatest anti-heroes to date, that sets this aside as one of the greatest post-noir achievements of our times. Whatever you think of West-Side Story there is no denying the more enduring of the two, or indeed the more affecting. Whatever you think of West Side Story, this is glorious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hustlers of pool and life 16 Feb 2006
Fast Eddie Felson is the best gambler in American billiard. He’s a pool hustler but that’s only for pure need and survival. Instead, there’s Bert Gordon played by George C Scott, who really is another hustler, much more dangerous as he gambles over the lives of other people. Bert is a rich but destructive businessman as he invests over the talent of other people, as he envies the ability of these persons. Eddie is one of these people, as he’s at last an artist of the sub- world of billiard. When Eddie feels he has played good he feels in heaven, but truly, few people understands him. People who surrounds Eddie only want money, but Eddie wants glory.
But he can’t reach glory only supported by his narrowminded, short sight and modest financial mate, superbly played by Myron McCormick And so, only three people understands Eddie: one is Sarah, a tormented neurotic and lonely girl without love. Sarah, a sensible person, has the intuition Bert Gordon is a cruel man who likes to destroy people which has capacities he’s unable to attain. The third person is paradoxically Minnesota Fats, the other most extraordinary player of pool, and the most hard adversary of Eddie, but truly a loyal enemy, mostly a colleague. All that in a dramatic, even tragic but quiet mood and superb black& white photography.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Newman at his best ( as ever!! ) 2 Feb 2004
I loved this film. Paul Newman is one of my favourite actors, after seeing 'Cool Hand Luke' I was hooked. His presence on screen is bedazzling and although he did eventually win an Oscar I still feel he is somewhat underrated. Another film which I would recommend with Paul Newman in is "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
During my earlier years I was somewhat of a pool fanatic and frequently visited the nearest pool table to me. The film came on late night television and I was late getting up the next day but it was oh so worth it! This is what lead me to searching out a copy of my very own. The acting is superb, almost enigmatic of Paul Newman, the story brilliant and moving, the pool is awe inspiring and the DVD is not bad at all either. With a few extras including a demonstration of all the trick shots used in the film, performed by the world trick shot champion, this is not one to be missed. The semi true story of Fast Eddie Felson is essential viewing for any fan of the green baize and a great film besides. Well worth the money and I'm sure a worthy addition to anyone's DVD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Then and now 2 Jan 2008
American films now are routinely full of violence and swearing (though curiously never all that much sex) but are at heart almost invariably juvenile, soft-headed and sentimental. I was shocked by this film - which contains one "Bastard!" and some off-screen violence portrayed by means of a scream - because of the brutal adult honesty of the dialogue and the tough bleak view of human existence. Paul Newman is mesmerising, a great actor and a true star; the histrionics of Damon, Di Caprio, Pitt etc laughable by comparison. George C Scott is maybe even a shade better. The film lets the viewer inhabit a world he wouldn't otherwise know: the seedy smoke-filled pool rooms, gambling tables, bars of a nameless American city. It's not the glossy - and now so often CGI-d - fantasy world that American film has shown ever since I've been old enough to go to the cinema. And the pool itself is truly exciting: the exquisite editing never lets you forget the battle of wills behind every shot. For me it's the first masterpiece of that great age of American cinema that reached its height in the `70s and as iconic a representation of American life at mid-century as `Death of a Salesman'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Newman
Published 22 days ago by Mark C Enders
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
That's definitely one of these fine, clever desert island films one has to see before dying !Maybe even better than Cool Hand Luke, in quite a different genre of story of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hustler
The Hustler is one of the best films I've ever seen, a classc to revisit. It arrived on time and in the condition described
Published 5 months ago by Tige
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best
I've had the Special Edition dvd for quite some time now. A perfect recording of the widescreen BBC broadcast. Or so I thought. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. Rodick
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better on bluray
I've watched the film twice since I bought the bluray, because firstly its a great film anyway, and secondly on bluray it looks stunning. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S J Buck
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Story or Pool Classic
Well its both...one not to be missed, recommend you watch this and then the Color of Money to get the full benefit of this timeless classic.
Published 13 months ago by MG McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hustler
Havn't watched this DVD yet but usually Paul Newman films are very watchable so am sure it will be good
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Ann Kitchener
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
excellent acting on the part of all characters. pippi hedren is one of my favourite actresses. it's the inevitability of the story that hits home.
Published 19 months ago by teresa collins
5.0 out of 5 stars the superb Paul Newman as charismatic as ever ..a true legend
Paul Newman is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms fleecing anyone who'll pick up a cue. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by S. F. husseiny
5.0 out of 5 stars "...One Ball...Corner Pocket..."
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