- Original title
- Running time
- 135 min.
- United States
Robert Rossen, Sidney Carroll (Novel: Walter Tevis)
Eugen Schüfftan (B&W)
George C. Scott,
20th Century Fox
Drama | Gambling. Pool (Game)
- 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.
: 2 Academy Awards: Best Cinematography B&W, Art Direction B&W. 9 Nominations
: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Actor - Drama (Newman)
: BAFTA Awards: Best Movie and Foreign Actor (Newman). 3 Nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Supporting Actor (Gleason)
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