Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 11, 2011
- Originally Released: 1961
- Label: Fox Searchlight
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary by Paul Newman, Film Historian Jeff Young, Film Critic Richard Schickel
- Paul Newman at Fox
- Jackie Gleason: The Big Man
- The Real Hustler: Walter Tevis
- Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and the Search for Greatness
- Milestones in Cinema History: The Hustler
- Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle
- The Hustler: The Inside Story
- Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand as Seen on Biography on the A&E Network
- Trick Shot Analysis by Mike Massey
- How to Make the Shot Featuring Five Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1961 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Academy Awards 1961 -
Best Cinematography: Eugen Shuftan
Entertainment Weekly - 06/07/2002
"...Newman bravely reveals the demons lurking beneath his devil-may-care exterior..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...Shot with virtuoso pace, the tussles between Eddie and Minnesota Fats are superb..."
Uncut - 10/01/2006
4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] powerful character study of a man at war with himself, wrestling win back his self-respect."
Ultimate DVD - 10/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "THE HUSTLER marks the birth of an anti-hero in Newman, and is a dazzling, provocative and seminal piece of American cinema."
An arrogant and amoral hustler haunts pool rooms to get a crack at bringing down Minnesota Fats. When he starts to have real feelings for a woman, he's faced with a dilemma. See THE COLOR OF MONEY, an excellent sequel made 25 years later, for which Newman won Best Actor. Academy Award Nominations: 9, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Paul Newman; Best Adapted Screenplay.
Character Study |
Essential Cinema |
Scams And Cons |
- Theatrical Release: September 25, 1961
- THE HUSTLER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
- Paul Newman lost the Best Actor Oscar to Maximilian Schell who won the Academy Award in 1961 for his role in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBURG.
- Willie Mosconi served as the technical advisor for the film; Marguerite James was the script supervisor; Muky did the still photography; and optical effects were done by Film Opticals.
- Shot in CinemaScope.
- In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists THE HUSTLER as one of his favorite films.