Pool-hall America: a merciless macho world where success demands absolute ruthlessness and coming second means a personal hell of inadequacy and doubt. Fast Eddy is the young hopeful on the way to challenging past master of the green baize Minnesota Fats for his world title.
Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
The Hustler (1961) is part of the franchise: Paul Newman’s Hustler Duology
Major accolades received by The Hustler (1961)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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