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Paul Newman heads an all-star cast that includes Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott in this 1961 Best Picture Oscar® Nominee. Fast Eddie Felson (Newman) is a charming backstreet poolroom hustler who’s determined to unseat the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason), and he won't rest until he beats him, no matter the price. But the price turns out to be much higher than he could ever have imagined.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason give iconic performances in this dark, morally complex tale of redemption.
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Like a traditional morality play; teens and up.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite the seedy settings (so evocative that they're almost a character in the story), this is almost a traditional morality play about humility and redemption.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Release Date:October 1, 1961
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
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