The Hustler ★★★★★

Fast Eddie in the gritty Land of Oz where all the citizens, except Sarah, are wicked witches or their servants. Lost Sarah kills herself rather than remain among the perverse.

What have you learned Eddie? The “so-called” winners are empty and twisted. Losers can win, but not unconditionally.

Paul Newman gives one of his best performances as Fast Eddie. George C. Scott was born to play perverse, twisted Bert. Jackie Gleason glows from head to foot as Minnesota Fats, the idol of the more lowly pool players.