A laid back southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. Sarah jessica parker and bette midler were not in attendance, but pretty much everyone else was, including kathy najimy (mary sanderson), vinessa shaw (allison), omri katz (max), thora birch (dani), and doug jones (billy butcherson). All three are superb and were oscar-nominated, as was piper laurie as a crippled girl who helps save fast eddie and is then discarded. In defeating fats he takes away bert’s power over him, which stems from bert’s conviction that eddie is a natural “loser”.
The hustler the movie. The supporting cast is equally good. Our authors in this installment are viet thanh nguyen, guadalupe nettel, bernard malamud, choi jin-young, and mohsin hamid. He has more raw talent than jackie gleason’s minnesota fats but, as george c. She also sees herself as a fabulist who tells herself stories to feel better about feeling, and drinking, alone. (1961) is likely out of proportion to the number of viewings. Rossen and co-writer sidney carroll first had to flesh out a rather lightweight book by walter tevis, fob off frank sinatra (who fancied the part of eddie) and then butt heads with laurie on the set (always offering an opinion for how a scene should play).
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Besides a luminous widescreen transfer and picture-in-picture deconstruction of the pool shots by billiards master mike massey, the commentary track is unique–and we hope starts a new trend. Though definitely a product of its time, the film feels timeless in ways that.