THE HUSTLER achieves many astonishing feats: it gave Paul Newman one of his most iconic roles as pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, it introduced the world to the estimable talents of Piper Laurie who gives this masterful film its beating heart, and it manages to appeal to both pool fanatics and those who have never picked up a cue in their lives. Adapted from Walter Tevis' book of the same name by Robert Rossen (who also directed), THE HUSTLER oozes with authenticity, tension, and soul. Rossen deftly mixes romance, drama, and thrills to build to a heart-stopping climax without ever losing his human story, earning this intensely moving picture an unmovable place in cinema history as one of the greatest American films ever produced.
Piper Laurie is an actor best known for her Oscar-nominated performances in such iconic films as THE HUSTLER, CARRIE, and CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD. She has also worked extensively in TV, most notably in David Lynch's cult hit, TWIN PEAKS (Emmy nom), and in the TV movie PROMISE for which she won a Primetime Emmy.