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The Hustler movie review & film summary () | Roger Ebert
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. Fast Eddie : Cause, ya see, twice, Sarah Why'd I do it? I coulda beat that guy, coulda beat 'im cold, he never woulda known. But I just hadda show 'im. You know, like anything can be great, anything can be great.
Bert: You got talent. There are only a handful of movie characters so real that the audience refers to them as touchstones. Fast Eddie Felson is one of them. The pool shark played by Paul Newman in "The Hustler" is indelible--given weight because the film is not about his victory in the final pool game, but about his defeat by pool, by life, and by his lack of character.
He throws his raw talent and ambition up against the best player in the country, seeking to best the legendary pool player " Minnesota Fats ". After initially losing to Fats and getting involved with unscrupulous manager Bert Gordon, Eddie returns to try again, but only after paying a terrible personal price. Scott as Bert. It was followed by The Color of Money in , with Newman reprising his role.