The Hustler (1961)

The Hustler
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TitleThe Hustler
Year1961
CountryUSA
GenreSport (Movies)
FranchiseThe Hustler (1961 - 1986)
Run Time2h 14 min
Director

Small-time pool hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson travels cross-country with his partner Charlie to challenge the legendary player “Minnesota Fats”. Arriving at Fats’ home pool hall, Eddie declares he will win $10,000 that night. Fats arrives and he and Eddie agree to play straight pool for $200 a game. After initially falling behind, Eddie surges back to being $1,000 ahead and suggests raising the bet to $1,000 a game; Fats agrees. He sends out a runner, Preacher, to Johnny’s Bar, ostensibly for whiskey, but really to get professional gambler Bert Gordon to the hall. Eddie gets ahead $11,000 and Charlie tries to convince him to quit, but Eddie insists the game will end only when Fats says it is over. Fats agrees to continue after Bert labels Eddie a “loser”. After 25 hours and an entire bottle of bourbon, Eddie is ahead over $18,000, but loses it all along with all but $200 of his original stake. At their hotel later, Eddie leaves half of the remaining stake with a sleeping Charlie and leaves.

Eddie stashes his belongings at the local bus terminal, where he meets Sarah Packard, an alcoholic who is supported by her father, attends college part-time, and walks with a limp. He meets her again at a bar. They go back to her place but she hesitates at letting him in, saying he is “too hungry”. She asks “Why me?”, and he gives up, leaving her with the bottle he’d brought. Eddie moves into a rooming house and starts hustling for small stakes. He finds Sarah again and this time she takes him in, but with reservations. Charlie finds Eddie at Sarah’s and tries to persuade him to go back out on the road.

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The Hustler
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Cast:

Paul Newman Paul Newman
Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason Jackie Gleason
Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie Piper Laurie
Sarah Packard
George C. Scott George C. Scott
Bert Gordon

Small-time pool hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson travels cross-country with his partner Charlie to challenge the legendary player “Minnesota Fats”. Arriving at Fats’ home pool hall, Eddie declares he will win $10,000 that night. Fats arrives and he and Eddie agree to play straight pool for $200 a game. After initially falling behind, Eddie surges back to being $1,000 ahead and suggests raising the bet to $1,000 a game; Fats agrees. He sends out a runner, Preacher, to Johnny’s Bar, ostensibly for whiskey, but really to get professional gambler Bert Gordon to the hall. Eddie gets ahead $11,000 and Charlie tries to convince him to quit, but Eddie insists the game will end only when Fats says it is over. Fats agrees to continue after Bert labels Eddie a “loser”. After 25 hours and an entire bottle of bourbon, Eddie is ahead over $18,000, but loses it all along with all but $200 of his original stake. At their hotel later, Eddie leaves half of the remaining stake with a sleeping Charlie and leaves.

Eddie stashes his belongings at the local bus terminal, where he meets Sarah Packard, an alcoholic who is supported by her father, attends college part-time, and walks with a limp. He meets her again at a bar. They go back to her place but she hesitates at letting him in, saying he is “too hungry”. She asks “Why me?”, and he gives up, leaving her with the bottle he’d brought. Eddie moves into a rooming house and starts hustling for small stakes. He finds Sarah again and this time she takes him in, but with reservations. Charlie finds Eddie at Sarah’s and tries to persuade him to go back out on the road.

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