The Hustler details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Award Nominees & Winners, Award Winners, Award Winners & Nominees, Con Movies, Decades: 60s, IMDb Highest Rated, Oscar Winners|
|2hrs 14 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
Most helpful review
Don't let the pool put you off!By a customer from Wales , 10 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I'd always known this was supposed to be a classic, but never got around to seeing it until now. Well, who want's to watch a film all about pool? Don't be decieved, the pool is secondary. This is a character study and love story, as Fast Eddie (Newman) goes from being emotionally empty, his brashness and arrogance hiding his insecurities, to an emotional awakening and maturity.
The actors take centre stage, each perfect for their roles, each fleshing out their character in mastery of their craft. Long, slow takes let the charaters fill the screen, every line, every look, every gesture telling of their inner motivations, their outer stories. Scott is brilliant, Newman burns the screen with an understated intensity, whilst Gleason performance is an essay in why, in big screen acting, less is really more - not a wasted movement, not a wasted gesture.
Shot in bleak black and white, and with a sparse downbeat soundtrack, the film perfectly presents the barren landscape of pool dives, bars and cheap lodgings, that is Eddie's life.
Forget if being a 'sports picture'. Although pool scenes are indeed crucial to the film, you don't need to know anything about the game to appretiate their staging and their dramatic power and tension.
This is simply one of the all time great movies.
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An Excellent Look at a Seedy WorldBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 05 Nov 2013For all the action on the pool table, this was a slow and measured look at a talented young man who incurs the jealousy and wrath of those who would deal with him in the often seedy world of the sport. He is in fact a southern drifter, and when he befriends a woman, Piper Laurie, in a bus station, another world opens to him, that of love and caring. At times the film seemed like a stage play, the script being quite dramatically interpreted by the actors, who were in fact uniformly superb. Piper Laurie, whom I'd never seen on screen before, was marvellous. And to think that Paul Newman had never held a pool cue before the film was made!
Gritty and RealBy a customer , 20 May 2013The black and white perfectly compliments the bleak and dreary settings of the pool halls, where it seems men don't sit around and talk, but stare and watch each other play pool in silence. The pool table is there movie and the players are the actors.
dull and depressingBy awakeasleep (27 reviews) from York , 23 Jan 2013dull, dreary, and depressing. It was not at all what I expected. I lost interest halfway through. Its not really about the pool more about all the characters involved in it....and theyre not that interesting either
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This film has a lot of character (and talent)By Abby88 (170 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 16 Sep 2012This film is great. Some parts felt slow and were hard to get into, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. A gritty film I won't forget.
It's goodBy oli74 (44 reviews) from email@example.com , 17 Aug 2011Yet again another film that I can't believe I hadn't seen. While I found the whole film entertaining, I found the parts while 'Fast' Eddie was playing pool almost electrifying. So much intensity and power in Newman and Gleeson while the crowd are watching two blokes hit balls round a table with sticks. I was abit but off by the middle of the film but if the whole film was just pool it would have become boring.