Paul Newman and Jackie Hustler dvd cover give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption. Newman gives a restrained, modulated performance, an unusual one in that character development is sought and achieved with utilization only of voice, gesture, intensity. Rosen, the co-author, has directed with a sure, economical hand. Newman is better than usual; Gleason, as the slit-mouthed, beady-eyed Minnesota Fats, darts among the shabby little pool sharks like an improbably agile and natty whale; and Gambler Scott looks as though he could sell hot-air heat to Hustler dvd cover devil.
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Hustler dvd cover that school of screen realism that allows impressive performances but defeats the basic goal of pure entertainment. A wonderful hymn to the last true era when men of substance played pool with a vengeance. Under Robert Rossen's strong direction, its ruthless and odorous account of one young hustler's eventual emancipation is positive and alive.
Paul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms, in Robert Rossen's atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. So much more than the ups and downs of one pool player--It's shot in a very realistic way and deals with inner conflict and what it means to be a man.
This is one of Newman's very best films, if not Hustler dvd cover best, even if it's relentlessly depressing. A raft of excellent performances buoy a fervent tale of weakness and success.
With an exceptional cast - most especially Paul Newman and Piper Laurie in outstanding performances - this is a profoundly compelling and richly complex character study about an arrogant, self-destructive anti-hero in search of his own "character" and finding it in a most painful way. A very well-done, old fashioned story concerning a drifter Paul Newman who hustles people at the game of pool, but potentially meets his match on the pool board in Minnesota Fats Jackie Gleasonwhile struggling keep his relationship with an equally troubled young woman Piper Laurie going.
You can probably call a good chunk of what takes place, with a few surprises dished in, but ultimately this movie remains extremely entertaining thanks primarily due to the ensemble performances Newman, Laurie, Gleason, and George C.