Because it’s time for vacations, we bring you three of the best artistic creations designed to relax and maybe inspire.
The Hustler (1961)
Paul Newman (“Quick” Eddie Felson) and Jackie Gleason (Minnesota Fats) play a pair of high-stakes pool players in the 1961 film classic The Hustler. Robert Rossen produced, directed and co-wrote (with Sidney Carroll) The Hustler for his own Rossen Films. The Hustler is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Walter S. Tevis. It follows the triumphs and tragedies of young pool shark “Quick” Eddie Felson and his quest to unseat the reigning straight pool champion of the world Minnesota Fats.
Matt Damon (Mike McDermott) and Edward Norton (Lester “Worm” Murphy) frequent the underground poker clubs of New York City in director John Dahl’s Rounders. Expertly written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Rounders also features John Malkovich (Teddy KGB) and Martin Landau (Abe Petrovsky). A young man (Damon) is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. Poker fans will revel in this film, as No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is the game of choice.
Mel Gibson plays gambler Bret Maverick in director Richard Donner’s huge screen version of the classic 1957-62 Warner Bros. TV western. James Garner (Marshal Zane Cooper), Jodie Foster (Annabelle Bransford) and James Coburn (Commodore Duvall) also appear. Bret Maverick’s trek to the poker game of the century in St. Louis proves to be an ordeal as he encounters the notorious gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, a vengeful Mexican, “hostile” Indians and a southern belle. William Goldman’s script provides plenty of laughs and gambling thrills.