The Hustler (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

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

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

Impressions:
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.

Rating:
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