Press Junket for The Hustler (1961)


"Fast" Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary "Minnesota Fats" to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn't until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself? (, IMDB)


Robert Rossen

Cast and Crew

Partial Cast and Crew (IMDB)

Sidney Carroll (screenplay)

Robert Rossen (screenplay)
Walter Tevis (based on the novel by)

Robert Rossen

Kenyon Hopkins

Eugen Schufftan

Dede Allen

Production Designer
Harry Horner

Cast (Partial)
Paul Newman – Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason – Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie – Sarah Packard
George C. Scott – Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick – Charlie Burns
Murray Hamilton – Findley
Michael Constantine – Big John
Stafan Glerasch – Preacher


Awards, Nominations, Festivals

Partial List (IMDB)

Academy Awards, USA (1962)
Won, Oscar - Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Eugene Schufftan
Won, Oscar - Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black-and-White, Harry Horner, Gene Callahan
Nominated, Oscar - Best Picture, Robert Rossen
Nominated, Oscar - Best Actor in a Leading Role, Paul Newman
Nominated, Oscar - Best Actress in a Leading Role, Piper Laurie
Nominated, Oscar - Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott
Nominated, Oscar - Best Director, Robert Rossen
Nominated, Oscar - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Sidney Carroll,
                                 Robert Rossen

American Cinema Editors, USA (1962)
Nominated, Eddie - Best Edited Feature, Dede Allen

BAFTA Awards (1962)
Won, BAFTA Film Award - Best Film from any Source - USA
Won, BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign Actor, Paul Newman - USA
Nominated, BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign Actress, Piper Laurie - USA

Directors Guild of America, USA (1962)
Nominated, DGA Award -Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures - Robert Rossen

Golden Globes, USA (1962)
Nominated, Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama - Paul Newman
Nominated, Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor - Jackie Gleason
Nominated, Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor - George C. Scott