The Hustler

The Hustler

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White / Thx)

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Lovingly restored and featured on a disc with a bevy of solid extras, this 20th Century Fox Special Edition of The Hustler could be used as a template for releasing other classic movies on DVD. Listed at a budget price, the disc features a pristine widescreen anamorphic transfer that shows off Eugene Schuftan's starkly beautiful black-and-white Oscar-winning cinematography. Paul Newman should have won an Academy Award for his typically exceptional performance in The Hustler and he's featured in both the engaging audio commentary track and in a much better than average making-of documentary entitled "The Huster: The Inside Story." The kind of gritty, tough yet humanistic movie that mainstream Hollywood just doesn't make anymore, both the commentary track and the documentary about The Hustler should be of interest to filmmakers, students, and fans alike. The DVD also contains a featurette on how to do the trick pool shoots that are contained in the movie and the good people at 20th Century Fox have close-captioned the disc for the hearing impaired. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track comes in both stereo and mono (the original film was released in mono) and the track sounds clean and well balanced in either version. This quality disc is worthy of the upscale Criterion Collection, yet the extremely reasonable list price on The Hustler disc is less than half of what consumers so often pay for lavishly produced DVD reissues such as this. If only the major studios treated all of their classic films in the same loving manner which they've treated The Hustler.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
UPC: 0024543042136
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 17,330

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Paul Newman, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel, and others; Original documentary: "The Hustler: The Inside Story"; Picture-in-picture commentary on "How to Make the Trick Shots"; Theatrical trailer; Scene selection; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman "Fast" Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie Sarah Packard
George C. Scott Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick Charlie Bums
Murray Hamilton Findlay
Michael Constantine Big John
Stefan Gierasch Preacher
Jake LaMotta Bartender
Gordon B. Clarke Cashier-Bennington's
Alexander Rose Scorekeeper
Carolyn Coates Waitress
Carl York Young Hustler
Tom Aheame Actor
Charles Dierkop Actor
Vincent Gardenia Bartender
Clifford A. Pellow Turk
William Adams Old Doctor
Charles Andre Waiter
Don de Leo Another Player
Don Koll Ticket Clerk
Charles McDaniel Reservation Clerk
Willie Mosconi Willie
Sid Raymond First Man
Art Smith Old Man Attendant

Technical Credits
Robert Rossen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dede Allen Editor
Albert Brenner Art Director
Gene Callahan Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Carroll Screenwriter
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
Harry Horner Production Designer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Willie Mosconi Consultant/advisor
Eugen Schüfftan Cinematographer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Easy Money
2. Main Titles
3. The Pool Hall
4. Looking for Action
5. A Master at Work
6. The Big Game
7. Round Two
8. The Bus Station
9. Sarah
10. Staying in Town
11. Charlie Finds Eddie
12. Talking With Bert
13. Arthur's Pool Hall
14. Beaten and Broken
15. Signing Up With Bert
16. To Louisville
17. A Hustlers Convention
18. Meeting Findley
19. Billiards
20. The Payoff
21. Perverted, Twisted, Crippled
22. Another Game
23. About Sarah
24. End Titles

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The Hustler 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mike-s More than 1 year ago
What Rossen does with a decent screenplay in fantastic. Maybe it had something to do with the performances of Newman, Scott, Gleason and most of all Piper Laurie, The cinematography brings out the best and the worst of what used to be life on the wild side, playing pool. The theme of arrogance runs throughout the film. Both Newman and Scott are just plain outstanding in their portrayal of two individuals that know exactly where their going and do not care who they have step on to get there. Made in the 60's this film is a classic and has been for some time. A must see and own for any collector.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hallmark of Robert Rossen's "The Hustler" is its performances. After repeated viewings, you can still find new facets in Paul Newman's portrait of a loser, Piper Laurie's pathetic alcoholic, Jackie Gleason's Minnesota Fats, George C. Scott's definition of the soul of evil. Repeated viewings of the movie serve to underline the slickness of the story's resolution which seems more and more to indicate that there's nothing like the loss of a loved one to improve your pool game. Good guys are winners. Bad guys are losers. It used to be as simple as that. But in the Sixties, a new breed called "anti-heroes" had taken over in movies. Who's an anti-hero? Sometimes he's really a good guy who can't help losing. Sometimes he's a rebel who tries to take on the Establishment--and goes down trying. Sometimes he's more a villain than a hero--but a villain who isn't all bad. Though originally written for "Playhouse 90" back in the late Fifties, "The Hustler" (1961) functioned as a morality play for the early Sixties. Pool shark Eddie Felson (Newman) is the first full-blown non-hero, and a character quite different from the anti-heroes of the previous decade. In the Fifties, such characters were best symbolized by Montgomery Clift in "From Here to Eternity", Marlon Brando in "The Wild One", and James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause"--troubled, sincere men who suffer much anguish at the hands of an unfair system, but fight to remain true to their own moralities in spite of the world's general amorality. In the Sixties, Newman eclipsed these three superstars: his Fast Eddie is amoral, anguished, and alienated from the world. He is not true to a code of his own--and therefore superior to the mainstream--but only unable to reach out to others. In their films, Brando, Dean and Clift all longed for a sincere woman with whom they could share a separate piece in "The Hustler", Newman is unable to accept such commitment and communication with his girl Sarah (Piper Laurie). The anti-hero of the Fifties experiences victory in defeat, cleaning up a lousy system while sacrificing himself in the process the Sixties non-hero undergoes defeat in victory, winning what he wanted and finding it without value. Newman's demeanor--his intense nervous energy and cool, casual cynicism--found its perfect embodiment in this role, making him a pop-culture idol for a new generation, the star of a new kind of cinema. Director Robert Rossen's sparse, effective screenplay (written in collaboration with Sidney Carroll) and his stark, shadowy scenes set the proper pace for this downbeat tale. But it was Newman's electrifying performance that made "The Hustler" such a smashing experience for viewers. [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only a masterpiece of cinematography, but a performance piece featuring some of the finest acting work of our time. This film is a classic in every sense of the word and did I mention that the billard scenes are pretty good too?
OtisBelcher More than 1 year ago
What a movie. Paul Newman at his peak and great performances by Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie. Every aspect is well done including the decision to do the picture in black and white. Myron McCormick is fantastic as Newman's mentor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks for all the great movies you gave us and for all your fine charity work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hustle was a good movie from start to finish. The movie score and period piece depicting "the urban side of a hustlers' life in" New York City in the early sixties actually made me long for those good old days.The movie cast was sincere and had marvelous chemistry. The only down-side was the commentary. Newman had way too little to say about the movie , the actors in it, or even about himself.The commentary turned out to be more a biography about the director, with Rossen's daugther doing all the talking. Critic Richard Schickle interviews were bad and uninteresting. Some of the guests' had very little to add that would give this commentary any meaning. Why wasn't Piper Laurie invited to be a commentator for this fine movie? Movie: B+ Commentary: C-
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