Directed by Robert Rossen and released in it’s home country of America in 1961.
The Hustler is a film that most will be familiar with probably because of it’s main attraction – Paul Newman. Either way, it’s took me until now to see it.
It’s a film about a pool hustler (played incredibly well by the ever enigmatic Newman) whose only ambition is to be the best at pool. Word around town is that Minnesota Fats is the best in the country so he makes it his top priority to beat him – first time around he loses out after a rigorous 25-hour session between the two, which makes for such compelling viewing it really was directed perfectly. Along the way though, Newman’s “Fast Eddie” falls in love with a girl (played brilliantly by Piper Laurie, who is just the cutest) and makes and loses friends – the most notable of which is George C. Scott’s Burt Gordon, another of the just incredible performances in the film.
The Hustler is just a truly magnificent film that instantly clicked with me and I’m not even that big of a sports fan. The final ten minutes are just brilliant. Really brilliant.