An arrogant and amoral hustler haunts pool rooms to get a crack at bringing down Minnesota Fats. When he starts to have real feelings for a woman, he's faced with a dilemma. See THE COLOR OF MONEY, an excellent sequel made 25 years later, for which Newman won Best Actor. Academy Award Nominations: 9, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Paul Newman; Best Adapted Screenplay.
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w) Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
Harry Horner - Prod. Designer/Director
Piper Laurie - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
Rosetta Jacobs - American actress, CARRIE (1976)
Myron McCormick - American Character Actor
Sidney Carroll - American Screenwriter
Robert Rossen - Director, Writer
Robert Rosen - Director, Writer
George C. Scott - American Actor/Director
George Campbell Scott - American Actor/Director
Michael Constantine - Seymour Kaufman of TV's "Room 222"
Paul Newman - Oscar-winning American actor, THE COLOR OF MONEY
Jackie Gleason - American Actor/Comedian, THE HONEYMOONERS
Murray Hamilton - American Character Actor
Walter S. Tevis - Author\"Color of Money"
Stefan Gierasch - Film & televison actor
Jake LaMotta - Ex-Athlete/Boxer
Dede Allen - Editor
Corothea Carothers Allen - Editor
Theatrical Release: September 25, 1961 THE HUSTLER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997. Paul Newman lost the Best Actor Oscar to Maximilian Schell who won the Academy Award in 1961 for his role in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG. Willie Mosconi served as the technical advisor for the film; Marguerite James was the script supervisor; Muky did the still photography; and optical effects were done by Film Opticals. Shot in CinemaScope. In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists THE HUSTLER as one of his favorite films.
"...Newman bravely reveals the demons lurking beneath his devil-may-care exterior..." - 06/07/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.53
"...Shot with virtuoso pace, the tussles between Eddie and Minnesota Fats are superb..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.128
4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] powerful character study of a man at war with himself, wrestling win back his self-respect." - 10/01/2006 Uncut, p.156
5 stars out of 5 -- "THE HUSTLER marks the birth of an anti-hero in Newman, and is a dazzling, provocative and seminal piece of American cinema." - 10/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.120