The Hustler script
The Hustler (1961)
Synopsis: The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name, adapted for the screen by Rossen and Sidney Carroll. It tells the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his desire to break into the "major league" of professional hustling and high-stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it. He throws his raw talent and ambition up against the best player in the country; seeking to best the legendary pool player "Minnesota Fats." After initially losing to Fats and getting involved with unscrupulous manager Bert Gordon, Eddie returns to try again, but only after paying a terrible personal price.




Go ahead. Set 'em up the way they were before.

Bet ya twenty bucks. Make that shot just the

way I made it before.


Nobody can make that shot and you know it. Not

even a lucky lush.

Stung, Eddie lies across the table and sets them up himself.


How's that?

(to the bystanders)

Hm? Is that the way they were before?


Yeah, that's right.


(to Charlie)

C'mon, put it up.

They toss their money on the table, and Eddie shoots, but his shot is

too hard and his ball leaps over the side of the table. The bartender

cannot contain his staccato laughter.


Set 'em up again ... C'mon, set 'em up again.


(putting up his cue)

You're drunk, boy. I'm not gonna bet ya any



Whaddya mean?


Let's get back on the road. You gotta be at

that convention in the morning.


Up the flagpole with the convention. C'mon,

Charlie. You're into me now. I got my money on

the table.


I don't want it.


I'll try you.

Eddie pauses, smiling.


Well... well, now.


Don't be a chump. Don't bet any more money on

that damn fool shot.


(to the bartender)

Well, now ... I mean, you figure I'm a little

drunk, and I'm loaded on the hip, and you just

want in, real friendly, while the money's still

floating, huh? Okay ... Go ahead. Set 'em up.

Sheepishly, the bartender replaces the balls in their original



All right, you want some easy money, huh?

Here's a hundred and five dollars. That's one

week's commission. Now you want to take the

whole thing, and then you get a crack at your

easy money.


I'll take a piece of that action.


Me too.

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Sidney Carroll

Sidney Carroll (May 25, 1913 – November 3, 1988) was a film and television screenwriter. Although Carroll wrote most frequently for television, he is perhaps best remembered today for writing the screenplays for The Hustler (1961) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and for A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966). He has also won Emmys for the documentaries The Louvre (1978) and China and the Forbidden City (1963). In 1957, Carroll won an Edgar Award, in the category Best Episode in a TV Series, for writing "The Fine Art of Murder", an installment of the ABC program Omnibus. He wrote the screenplays for the 1974 Richard Chamberlain television version of The Count of Monte Cristo as well as the original story for the Michael Caine heist movie Gambit. He continued to write for television until 1986. more…

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