The Hustler (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

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

An upstart pool shark risks everything in a match against the legendary Minnesota Fats.

Unlike The Sting, this movie isn't all about setting up the big con. Rather, it's all about Paul Newman's character coming to terms with himself. Though primarily a comedic actor, Jackie Gleason plays Minnesota Fats straight in an understated but solid performance. I particularly liked George C Scott as Bert Gordon. It's a pretty good character study and a decent watch.

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