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The Hustler

The Hustler(1961)

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Remind Me

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Quotes

  • Bert Gordon  

    Eddie, d'ya mind if I get personal?

  • Fast Eddie  

    Well, what've ya been so far?

  • Bert Gordon  

    Eddie, you're a born loser.

  • Fast Eddie  

    Well, thanks for the drink. I'll be going now.

  • Fast Eddie  

    Fat man, you shoot a great game of pool.

  • Fast Eddie  

    Cause, ya see, twice, Sarah... once at Ames with Minnesota Fats and then again at Arthur's, in that cheap, crummy pool room, now why'd I do it, Sarah? Why'd I do it? I coulda beat that guy, coulda beat 'im cold, he never woulda known. But I just hadda show 'im. Just hadda show those creeps and those punks what the game is like when it's great, when it's REALLY great. You know, like anything can be great, anything can be great. I don't care, BRICKLAYING can be great, if a guy knows. If he knows what he's doing and why and if he can make it come off. When I'm goin', I mean, when I'm REALLY goin' I feel like a... like a jockey must feel. He's sittin' on his horse, he's got all that speed and that power underneath him... he's comin' into the stretch, the pressure's on 'im, and he KNOWS... just feels... when to let it go and how much. Cause he's got everything workin' for 'im, timing touch... it's a great feeling, boy, it's a real great feeling when you're right and you KNOW you're right. It's like all of a sudden I got oil in my arm. The pool cue's part of me. You know, it's uh - pool cue, it's got nerves in it. It's a piece of wood, it's got nerves in it. Feel the roll of those balls, you don't have to look, you just KNOW. You make shots that nobody's ever made before. I can play that game the way... NOBODY'S ever played it before.

  • Sarah Packard  

    You're not a loser, Eddie, you're a winner. Some men never get to feel that way about anything.

  • Minnesota Fats  

    Do you like to gamble, Eddie? Gamble money on pool games?

  • Bert Gordon  

    You got talent.

  • Fast Eddie  

    I got talent? So what beat me?

  • Bert Gordon  

    Character.