The Hustler , American film drama, released in , that won both popular and critical acclaim and earned each of its four major actors Paul Newman , Jackie Gleason , George C. Scott , and Piper Laurie Academy Award nominations. The film sparked a resurgence of popularity in the game of pool. Along the way, he encounters and uses the vulnerable Sarah played by Laurie , with tragic results. Scott appeared as the sinister gambling promoter Bert Gordon. Scott, citing his contempt for the Academy Awards, refused his supporting actor nomination for the film, becoming the first actor to do so.
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It tells the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his desire to break into the "major league" of professional hustling and high-stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it. 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.
The nine ball plops into the side pocket, the cue ball hits one cushion and stops near the center spot. Big as a water tower but light on his feet, with a diamond ring on a pudgy finger, the fat man moves around the table. For 31 consecutive hours, with an almost incredible repertoire of masse shots, bank shots, gather shots, and combinations, with just enough English and the right amount of draw, he has been defending his reputation as the best there is. He chalks up and shoots again.