Jeff Labrecque
June 08, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Hustler

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Paul Newman, Michael Constantine, Jackie Gleason, Murray Hamilton, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
director
Robert Rossen

We gave it an A

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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