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Return to Paul Newman’s Legend-Making Performance in ‘The Hustler’

Return to Paul Newman's Legend-Making Performance in 'The Hustler'

This gritty, downbeat adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel was director Robert Rossen’s favorite of his films, and one of Paul Newman’s as well. He reprised his role as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson in Martin Scorsese’s 1986 "The Color of Money" and won the Oscar that eluded him here. Pool pro Willie Moscone coached Newman and served as hand double for the close-up shots. The supporting cast is Aces.

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