The Hustler (Robert Rossen, USA, 1961)

The Hustler is one of those films where scenes have such psychic weight that they grow in our memories.
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The winners of our Autumn Film Quiz chose to screen The Color of Money as part of their prize, so we thought it made sense to screen The Hustler first. Paul Newman stars in what is arguably his most iconic role - as small-time pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson - whose ambitions to break into the shady world of high-stakes gambling is hindered by Jackie Gleason's legendary hustler, Minnesota Fats, and his snake-like manager, Bert (a truly repellent George C. Scott.) . A truly classic melodrama shot on location in a smoky, booze-fuelled, jazz-scored New York City. Not to be missed.