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The Hustler THE SETUP Cocky young pool shark Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) takes aim at the best — the dapper Minnesota Fats ...The HustlerUnrated THE SETUP Cocky young pool shark Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) takes aim at the best — the dapper Minnesota Fats ...2007-06-08Michael ConstantineJackie GleasonMurray HamiltonPiper LaurieGeorge C. Scott
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The Hustler

Starring: Paul Newman; Starring: Michael Constantine, Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott; Director: Robert Rossen; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: Unrated

THE SETUP Cocky young pool shark Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) takes aim at the best — the dapper Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).

FRANK TALK Pool maestro Willie Mosconi recommended Frank Sinatra for the role of Eddie. Sinatra wanted it so badly that he optioned the book.

WORTHY EXTRAS? Yes, if only to hear the elusive Newman concede Gleason’s billiards supremacy, and Piper Laurie, who played Eddie’s gal, confide her deathly fear of imposing costar George C. Scott. A-

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