It is a natural assumption: Lead character Fast Eddie Felson Paul Newman is a pool shark, but change him into a poker player or a golfer, and The Hustler would play out pretty much the same. Robert Rossen's film is far less about Fast Eddie's confrontations with other players than it is about his war with his own demons and his struggle to define the intangible meaning of "character. But Eddie yearns for something more — not only to make a big score, but to play the best.
The Hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson is a super-confident gambler who challenges the big boys to a high-stakes match. Whe he loses he's forced to go on the road with dodgy and dangerous manager Gordon, though he soon realises he'll have to lose his morals to win at this game. Scott wears excellent sunglasses throughout. Not only that, the confrontations in smoky pool halls are staged and shot with as much drama as Martin Scorsese offered in the boxing ring or Ridley Scott managed in the gladiatorial arena. But there is a huge amount of substance underpinning all this style. Rossen takes the seedy, small-time milieu and uses it to explore male machismo and existential philosophy, before introducing Piper Laurie as the 'lame' alcoholic girl who reveals the major shortcomings of both. Laurie and Newman's doomed romance gives the film a tender heart to counterbalance its cynical mind and smart mouth, and ultimately elevates it from the merely cool to the classic.
Add your rating What's the story? He and his partner, Charlie, go into pool halls and set the local players up. Eddie's dream is to beat the legendary Minnesota Fats Jackie Gleason , so he challenges him to a contest. After more than 24 hours, Eddie realizes he can't win.
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