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Plot, Details & Awards

The Hustler

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 03/8/2002 , 134min.
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Plot & Details

As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie has an Achilles' heel: arrogance. It's not enough for him to win: he must force his opponent to acknowledge his superiority. The movie follows Eddie from his match against billiards champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) as he falls in love with Sarah (Piper Laurie), an alcoholic would-be writer and sometime prostitute, and falls under the spell of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), a successful gambler who offers to take Eddie under his wing and teach him how to play in the big time. However, when Sarah joins Eddie and Bert on a trip to Louisville for a high-stakes match with a dandy named Findlay (Murray Hamilton), the consequences prove tragic. Along with a classic performance by Newman, The Hustler also features turns by Scott, Laurie, and Gleason, in a rare dramatic role. Cameos from pool champ Willie Mosconi and boxer Jake LaMotta add to the atmosphere of Harry Horner's grubby production design and Eugen Schüfftan's camerawork. Director Robert Rossen, who had been working in films since 1937, was to direct only one more film, Lilith (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Piper Laurie Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Robert Rossen Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Robert Rossen Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Sidney Carroll Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Jackie Gleason Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Gene Callahan Won
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Eugen Schüfftan Won
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Harry Horner Won
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Paul Newman Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor George C. Scott Nominated
1961 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Robert Rossen Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Robert Rossen Won
1961 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Paul Newman Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jackie Gleason Nominated
1961 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Paul Newman Nominated
1961 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture George C. Scott Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Robert Rossen Won
1961 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actor Paul Newman Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Rossen Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Jackie Gleason Won
1961 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1961 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Robert Rossen Won

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