Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – An aging pool hustler takes on a young protégé in order to win the biggest pool tournament held in Atlantic City
My Take on it – As many of you found out recently, I wasn’t completely enamored by The Hustler (1961) upon my first viewing of it.
I hoped that at least the sequel, which finally helped Paul Newman get his first competitive Oscar, would help me enjoy it more, but the connections between the two movies are scarce.
This is more of a movie about redemption than of trying to win at all costs and meeting up with Fast Eddie 25 years after the events of the first movie helps to keep this fresh, but at the same time give us continuity.
The motivations in this movie resonated more with me and I liked the way Newman and Tom Cruise worked off each other because of their very different ways of handling situations; Newman is usually calm and collected as an experienced man should be and Cruise plays the young hotshot who still has a lot to learn.
This is far from being one of my favorite Newman films , but he is still very good here.
Bottom Line – Better than the original, but still has its moments that don’t work as well. Newman and Cruise are pretty good together. Not Newman at his best, but pretty close. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Paul Newman won the Best Actor Oscar for this picture, he and wife Joanne Woodward became the first married couple to win his and hers Oscars since Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Newman’s win also came after he had already received an Honorary Oscar Statuette the previous year. The win was widely considered based on sentimentality and guilt that one of Hollywood’s leading male actors had never won. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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