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||IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 from 6 votes
||Release: 25 September 1961 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, Sport
||Director: Sidney Carroll,
||Stars: Alexander Rose, Carl York, Carolyn Coates, Clifford A. Pellow, George C. Scott, Gordon B. Clarke, Jackie Gleason, Jake LaMotta, Michael Constantine, Murray Hamilton, Myron McCormick, Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Stefan Gierasch, Vincent Gardenia
||Synopsis: "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, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn't until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself? Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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"The Hustler" is steeped in the seedy atmosphere of smoke-filled pool
halls in the ugly urban hinterland of America.
The Ames Billiard Hall is funereal in feel. When 'Fast Eddie' Felson walks
in with Charlie, his manager, Charlie remarks, "These tables are the slabs
they lay the stiffs on." The film is about the talented men who perform,
but equally about the talentless predators who exploit them. The habitues
of the pool hall cling to the shadows. They wince when a blind is opened
and sunlight gets in. A new hustler enters, and these vultures gather
silently on the margins.
Eddie is the youngster hungry for glory. He and Charlie pose as
salesmen and Eddie feigns drunkenness, hooking the punters by repeating an
almost-impossible shot. For all the slickness of the con, Eddie is
impatient for bigger things. He wants to challenge Minnesota Fats, the best
hustler in the land.
Newman gets his name above the title, but this is a film with four
exquisite pieces of acting. Jackie Gleason as Minnesota, Piper Laurie as
Sarah and George C Scott, playing Bert Gordon, turn in wonderful
Eddie matures as the story progresses. He starts as a cheap chiseller,
hustling ten bucks, but ambition carries him to Louisville and the world of
the high rollers. Sarah's love opens emotional dimensions in him which he
previously lacked. Bert Gordon confronts him with his own spiritual
inadequacies, forcing him to understand himself. Eddie is jejune in the
first game against the Fat Man, but by the second meeting he is emotionally
strong, and completely his own man. He has made the spiritual journey from
the whining "everybody wants a piece of me" to the inner knowledge that
Sarah bequeathed him - that only those who give can truly live.
Bert Gordon, with his dark glasses and hawkish features, is a creature
of the night. Loving the 'action' of a clash of talents, but lacking any
talent of his own, Gordon is the predator on the sidelines. Hearing of the
new hustler's presence, Gordon arrives soundlessly and sits watching
intently for hours. His dark genius sees the weakness in every soul. In
the bar, when he and Eddie talk business, Gordon is foreshortened to look
tiny alongside the talented youngster. For all his money and sharp wits,
Gordon will never be more than a parasite living off the ability of others.
Finally, Eddie and Fats walk into the sunlight, heroes who have proved
themselves. Gordon remains perched on his gloomy barstool, a prisoner in
his own dark kingdom.
If Sarah is the vulnerable, physically-disabled woman who relies on
drink too heavily, the victim of the men she encounters, she is also the
heart of the movie. She destroys Gordon's certainty and she shows Eddie the
meaning of love. Her tragedy is Eddie's salvation. She and Eddie find each
other in a deserted bus station in the dead hours. They are both lost
souls, Citizens of Hell. She is the deformed girl with the empty life, and
he is the emotional cripple with no resources of education or character to
sustain him. They cling to each other as if shipwrecked. When the
seduction comes, Sarah hesitates. She knows this will lead to suffering.
"Why me?" she asks, then surrenders to her fate.
The time when Eddie's hands are in plaster is Sarah's brief season of
happiness. She stops drinking and even makes progress with her writing.
Somebody needs her, belongs completely to her. It cannot last.
"I made you up, Eddie," Sarah tells him, and in a sense she did. She
imagined him to be loyal and stable. On the night when the truth dawns,
Sarah goes from feeling pretty in her new dress to being a rain-sodden
wreck. She is supplanted in Eddie's attention by the sinister Gordon, who
asserts the new power-balance in the railroad dining-car. The hotel suites
are adjoining, and though Sarah closes all the doors, she can't keep Gordon
out. By Findlay's party, she has hit the bottle again. The patterned dress
which Eddie bought her, a symbol of her incarceration, has the shadow of the
ballustrade projected onto it, seemingly magnifying her sense of
Though Jackie Gleason does very little in this film, he dominates it.
On screen for a fraction of the film's totality, and having neither great
speeches nor grand gestures, he impresses by his sheer presence. Stillness,
self-containment and an ironic amusement make Minnesota Fats the perfect
foil for the angry, ambitious Eddie. In the final showdown, Fats' quiet
poise outshines the grandstanding of the others. Gleason conveys
beautifully the fear at the core of this big dandy. When Eddie has him in
trouble, the Fat Man begins to lose his sartorial integrity as his
This contrast of stillness and motion is effective in the first meeting
of the hustlers. Fats and Gordon, who know what they are about, remain
motionless and tranquil. Eddie the incontinent wannabe gradually loses
control of both mouth and limbs. The film is rich in symbolic language.
The cheap rooms which Eddie rents are mere boxes for hire, like the bus
station locker which he lives out of. When he and Sarah meet for the second
time, the inevitability of their coupling is conveyed in a scene without
words or gestures. Eddie's plastercasts are manacles - without his hands,
he is nothing. A sumptuous restaurant and a happy couple are transformed
when the brutal truth emerges. The camera angle is reversed, and Eddie and
Sarah are now separated by gaunt shelves of crockery. The illusion has been
shattered. When Eddie sneaks out on the sleeping Sarah with the stake money
in his hand, it is the betrayal of Charlie re-enacted.
A marvellous film is enhanced by a superbly sleazy jazz score (Kenyon
Hopkins) and the violence is all the more gut-wrenching for being suggested,
rather than shown.
Verdict - probably a masterpiece.
Tags for The Hustler Full Movie
, Carl York
, Carolyn Coates
, Clifford A. Pellow
, George C. Scott
, Gordon B. Clarke
, Jackie Gleason
, Jake LaMotta
, Michael Constantine
, Murray Hamilton
, Myron McCormick
, Paul Newman
, Piper Laurie
, Stefan Gierasch
, Vincent Gardenia
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