The Hustler

The Hustler

By Robert Rossen

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1961-09-25
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Director: Robert Rossen
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy Award® nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its Oscar® nominations. Newman (Best Actor nominee) is electrifying as "Fast" Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms fleecing anyone who'll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason, Supporting Actor nominee), who's backed by Bert Gordon (Scott, Supporting Actor nominee), a predatory gambler. Eddie can beat the champ, but virtually defeats himself with his low self-image. The love of a lonely woman (Laurie, Best Actress nominee) could turn Eddie's life around, but he won't rest until he beats Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay. Voted one of the year's ten best by "The New York Times" and "Time," and distinguished by 2 Academy Awards- Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration (B&W), The Hustler


  • Slow and bad

    By Dipper from 76
    I’m shocked at the positive reviews for this movie. I can’t believe Jackie Gleason was nominated for an Oscar. He had three lines and shot some pool! There must have only been five movies produced that year. If I hadn’t have been watching it while in flight, I would have walked out after 30 minutes. Spend your money elsewhere.
  • Great, Great , Great movie

    By Mega great
    One of the bests
  • Don't think, just buy!

    By IzziNinja
    Paul Newman, pool, and fantastic characters! I'm bought this movie even though I never knew about it until five minutes ago.
  • A cinematic masterpiece.

    By ngn1
    An American classic. Arguably one of Rossen's finest works. Newman, Gleason, Scott, and Laurie give riveting portrayals of the true cost of winning and losing.