And I dreamed about this game every night on the road…You know, this is my table, man, I own it…. Fast Eddie Felson, the small-time pool shark in The Hustlerspeaks these words to Minnesota Fats, the reigning pool champion and widely acknowledged as the best in the country. The Hustler is a story about the transformation of a self-centered, manipulative, arrogant hustler who is constantly ready to take advantage of others, into a decent and caring human being.
The movie is very much of its time and place in its storytelling style, cinematic techniques, dialogue, and the kind of characters depicted. Nonetheless, it continues to be a wonderful movie about, well, hustlers -- some of whom are victims, the others predators. They're all losers in a world best described as seedy.
Walter Tevis was an American novelist and short story writer. Whilst a student at the University of Kentucky, Tevis worked in a pool hall and published a story about the game for an English class. Tevis died in
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One character, two movies, 25 years apart. Is it a well-made little pool movie, though? You bet it is.
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
Perhaps what's most winning about Robert Rossen's magnificent The Hustler is the blazing performance of the late, much-missed Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, pool hustler of genius. It's one of the great Method star turns. His Eddie plays like a demon and in his restless, swaggering movements and greedy aggression he radiates the joyous arrogance of youth.
Although the first entry into this series was probably my completely fair and balanced review of A Space Odyssey, I will officially kick off this series with a review of one of the worst pieces of shit ever put to celluloid: The Hustler. This is a film starring Paul Newman. The American Film Institute regards it as the 6th best sports movie ever made.
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.