|Robert Rossen Director||previously directed They Came to Cordura|
The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film adapated from the 1959 novel of the same name. It's the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his struggle to prove himself the best player in the country by beating legendary pool player "Minnesota Fats."
Pool champion Willie Mosconi has a cameo appearance as Willie, who holds the stakes for Eddie and Fats's games4 More Trivia
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Stay with this kid. He's a loser.
|Paul Newman||Eddie Felson|
|Jackie Gleason||Minnesota Fats|
|George C. Scott||Bert Gordon|
|Piper Laurie||Sarah Packard|
|Myron McCormick||Charlie Burns|
|Michael Constantine||Big John|
|Clifford A. Pellow||Turk|
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A 1961 adaptation of a novel, The Hustler follows Eddie Felson, known as "Fast Eddie" and played by Paul Newman, as he travels around the country cheating pool players out of easy money. He soon finds his "white whale" of pool hustling in Minnesota Fats, played by Jackie Gleason, and Eddie's real hustling begins. Directed and written by Robert Rossen, with writing help from Sidney Carroll, the film revived pool playing in the US and garnered a lot of critical success.