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The Hustler

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Original title
The Hustler
Running time
135 min.
United States United States
Robert Rossen, Sidney Carroll (Novel: Walter Tevis)
Kenyon Hopkins
Eugen Schüfftan (B&W)
20th Century Fox
Drama | Gambling. Pool (Game)
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Walter Tevis Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
"Fast" Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is a self-assured upstart pool shark who frequents the local halls to get a crack at bringing down the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Under the wing of corrupt manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), Eddie begins to struggle to the top. But when he starts to have real feelings for a woman (Piper Laurie), hes faced with a dilemma. This acclaimed drama was nominated for 9 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and Newman would go on to achieve Best Actor for the films 1986 sequel, THE COLOR OF MONEY.
1961: 2 Academy Awards: Best Cinematography B&W, Art Direction B&W. 9 Nominations
1961: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Actor - Drama (Newman)
1961: BAFTA Awards: Best Movie and Foreign Actor (Newman). 3 Nominations
1961: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director. 3 Nominations
1961: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1961: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
1961: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Supporting Actor (Gleason)
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