The Hustler

Monday, July 31, 5:00pm–11:00pm

The Lawn

Bring a blanket and sit on the Lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before the start of each film. Lawn opens 5pm, pre-show entertainment presented by WeWork starts at 6pm, film begins at sunset.

Food and drink for sale curated by Hester Street Fair on the Fountain Terrace.

Nominated for 9 Oscars, this dark and gritty tale of pool hall sharks won for Cinematography and Art Direction. Fast Eddie (Paul Newman) is a hungry, small-time upstart with dreams of beating the unbeatable Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), a living legend and the reigning champion of major league pool. Eddie has a lot to learn, but the lessons come with a price. George C. Scott, as a shady big-time gambler, refused his nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but Gleason gladly accepted his. Newman won an Oscar of his own years later when he played Fast Eddie again in The Color of Money. (1961) 134 MIN. (NR) (FOX)

Part of the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival program.