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The Hustler

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Paul Newman had already fronted several big hits by the time he starred in 1961’s The Hustler, but the pool shark Fast Eddie Felson was among his first truly iconic performances – a character of fascinating complexity, vastly elevated by Newman’s intense charisma and gravitas.

Poster for the 1960s pool-hall drama The HustlerThe film also offers up a gallery of memorable supporting turns, including George C. Scott’s snakelike manager, Jackie Gleason’s elegant billiards champ and Piper Laurie’s tragic romantic interest. Its subject matter could make The Hustler sound like a formulaic sports drama, but it’s really a finely-tuned character study, and a story of complicated moral choices.

– The New York Times

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