Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Hustler

The Hustler is a movie about pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson, filmed back in the 1960s. Felson is played by Paul Newman. He shoots championship pool against the famous Minnesota Fats, played by Jackie Gleason. The love interest is provided by Piper Laurie, and the antagonist is played by George C. Scott. I watched the movie on PBS (no commercials) late last night and didn't get to bed till after eleven, which is really late, for me.

There is something about that old movie that touches my emotions like none of the newer films seem able to do. Don't know why.

The Film Can video description of The Hustler.



hustler [huhs-ler]
an enterprising person determined to succeed; go-getter.
Slang . a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.
Informal . an expert gambler or game player who seeks out challengers, especially unsuspecting amateur ones, in order to win money from them: He earned his living as a pool hustler.
Slang . a prostitute.
a person who hustles.



Ariana Huffington

Born July 15, 1950
Age: 61 years old.

Arianna Huffington (formerly Stassinopoulos) is an American author and syndicated columnist. She is best known for her liberal news website The Huffington Post. A popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, she adopted liberal political beliefs in the late 1990s. She is the ex-wife of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington. In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million and made Huffington president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList.


Jesse Ventura

Born July 15, 1951
Age: 60 years old.

James George Janos, better known as Jesse Ventura, is an American politician, actor, author, veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.


Forest Whitaker

Born July 15, 1961
Age: 50 years old.

Forest Steven Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television series, The Shield. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. In 1986, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's film, The Color of Money (with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise), and in Oliver Stone's Platoon. The following year, he co-starred with Robin Williams in the comedy Good Morning, Vietnam.


A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors.
--Frank Butler

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