Tues 20 Aug

WHITLEY BAY SNOOKER CENTRE, 305 Whitley Rd, Whitley Bay.

The Hustler (1961) 

Doors open  7.00pm

Cert 15

TICKETS £15 - no longer available

A pool shark's travels from one seedy playing room to another, lead him to a potentially life-changing showdown with the legendary Minnesota Fats. Set in the shady world of smoke-filled pool halls, this is a portrait of a damaged character who fears winning as much as losing.


Paul Newman plays “Fast” Eddie Felson, a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary “Minnesota Fats” (Jackie Gleason) to a high-stakes match,which he loses in a gruelling and heartbreaking marathon. Felson is left broke and without his long-time manager, facing an uphill battle to regain his reputation, confidence, and game. He hits rock bottom and agrees to join up with ruthless and cut-throat manager Bert Gordon, who agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself?

Director: Robert Rossen. Starring Paul Newman.

Thanks to Whitley Bay Snooker Centre. 

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