New York. Ames Billiards, with high ceilings and air of hushed concentration, is a church of pool. "Fast" Eddie Felson enters as an innocent con man and leaves with a taste of what the world can do, that talent alone will only get him so far, and that a man's search for "character," that hard-to-define quality that is simultaneously elusive and essential, could last a lifetime. Having come to take on pool legend Minnesota Fats, Eddie is soundly beaten because he doesn't know how to control his impulses. He finds comfort with down-and-out Sarah, a lonely part-time student with a drinking problem, and plans a comeback. Eddie makes a deal with Bert Gordon, a big-time gambler, to act as his manager and stake horse. Under Gordon's tutelage, Eddie learns hard lessons fast. In his rematch with Fats, Eddie wins a bittersweet victory, but can he regain his self-respect?
Gamblers -- Fiction.
Gambling -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Pool (Game) -- Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Constantine, Michael, actor.
Gardenia, Vincent, actor.
Gierasch, Stefan, 1926-2014, actor.
Gleason, Jackie, 1916-1987, actor.
Hamilton, Murray, actor.
LaMotta, Jake, actor.
Laurie, Piper, 1932- actor.
McCormick, Myron, actor.
Newman, Paul, 1925-2008, actor.
Pellow, Clifford A., 1928- actor.
Rossen Films, production company.
Rossen, Robert, 1908-1966, film director, screenwriter.
Scott, George C., 1927-1999, actor.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., film distributor.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, production company.
motion picture adaptation of (work): Tevis, Walter S. Hustler.