The Hustler , American film drama, released in , that won both popular and critical acclaim and earned each of its four major actors Paul Newman , Jackie Gleason , George C. Scott , and Piper Laurie Academy Award nominations. The film sparked a resurgence of popularity in the game of pool. Along the way, he encounters and uses the vulnerable Sarah played by Laurie , with tragic results. Scott appeared as the sinister gambling promoter Bert Gordon. Scott, citing his contempt for the Academy Awards, refused his supporting actor nomination for the film, becoming the first actor to do so.
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There are only a handful of movie characters so real that the audience refers to them as touchstones. Fast Eddie Felson is one of them. The pool shark played by Paul Newman in "The Hustler" is indelible--given weight because the film is not about his victory in the final pool game, but about his defeat by pool, by life, and by his lack of character. This is one of the few American movies in which the hero wins by surrendering, by accepting reality instead of his dreams.
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