The Hustler


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The Hustler

  • 1961
  • Directed By: Robert Rossen
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 134 Minutes
  1. Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Hustler
Small-time pool hustler Eddie Felson wants to break into the big leagues by challenging legendary shark “Minnesota Fats” (Jackie Gleason) in a high-stakes game. Eddie is left mentally and financially devastated due to his own foolish pride rather than a lack of ability. Taking shelter in Greenwich Village with the equally troubled Sarah (Piper Laurie), Eddie must resist his self-sabotaging tendencies if he wants a second chance. Paul Newman’s embodiment of the deeply tormented but undeniably appealing drifter reaches perfection with his iconic performance as “Fast Eddie.” (35mm presentation)