The Hustler

The Hustler
Drama

1961

Director: Robert Rossen Cast: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch, Clifford A. Pellow, Jake LaMotta, Gordon B. Clarke, Vincent Gardenia

Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Piper Laurie); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jackie Gleason); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George C. Scott); Best Director (Robert Rossen); Best Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Did You Know? George C. Scott refused his Oscar nomination, as he didn’t believe in competition between actors unless they were playing the same role. But when he lost Best Supporting Actor to George Chakiris for West Side Story, it started the actor’s longstanding feud with the Academy that political decisions were involved in the choice of who won. This, of course, culminated with Scott rejecting his Oscar win for Patton nine years later.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I wonder how compelling a dramatic billiards movie could be? The answer is: not very. I suppose it would be engaging for pool aficionados, but for your average movie lover this is just a giant snooze-fest. It got interesting for just a moment, but then it was over. How on earth did a sequel get made? Here’s hoping it’s more interesting than this.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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