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- A legendary performance by Paul Newman, that rightly one him as Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role. This film very much felt like his signing-off performance at the end of his career, and the 'changing of the guard' to Tom Cruise who would go on to be one of the most sought-after actors of the 90's and still to this day.
- The character "Fast Eddie Felson" is one of the greatest written. It was 25 years between this movie and when Paul Newman played him originally in the 1961 film "The Hustler". We can't recall that gap of the same actor performing the same character between films, until Michael Douglas recently brought back "Gordon Gecko" from "Wall Steet" (but that was only a 23 year gap)!
- After her performance as "Gina Montana" in "Scarface", and a greatly acted role as "Carmen" in this film (receiving an Oscar nomination), it defined Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as one of the great actresses of the 'golden-era'. She would later go on to feature in other 'golden-era' greats such as "The Abyss" and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves".
- A great early cameo performance for Forest Whitaker as "Amos", who manages to out-hustle 'The Hustler'.
- Tom Cruise's haircut is brilliant, classic 80's! And his boogey as he out hustles "Moselle" and cleans up to the sound of "Werewolves of London" is legendary. His 'sword' action with the pool cue, would help him later in life when acting in "The Last Samurai"!
- It's not the classic "Mobster" film that we came to expect from Martin Scorsese, but it's a fantastic Mentor & Apprentice story between two of the finest actors from different generations. The camera work and dialogue is brilliant, and a film that true movie fans will really appreciate.
Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Directed by Martin Scorsese. The Hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing ... A kid who is.
Vincent, get in the car, this is embarrassing. You're acting like some girl who got felt up at the drive-in.
I think maybe the money's what's throwing you off here today.
I'm not your daddy, I'm not your boyfriend, so don't be playing games with me. I'm your partner.
It's even, but it ain't settled. Let's settle it.
Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.