THE HUSTLER
1961, 20th Century Fox, 135 min, USA, Dir: Robert Rossen

Paul Newman is unforgettable as pool shark Eddie Felson, who shakes his loser persona when heartless gambler George C. Scott teaches him the psychology of winning. Eddie realizes too late that obsessive victory over the unbeatable Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) is empty, since the cost is the destruction of his crippled alcoholic lover (Piper Laurie), in this intense, back-alley poem by director Robert Rossen.


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
1971, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Harvey

This charmingly goofy, surprisingly romantic Sherlock Holmes iteration finds the famous duo in modern-day New York, with Holmes (George C. Scott) an obsessive paranoid and a female Watson (Joanne Woodward), a psychiatrist helplessly fascinated by the detective.


DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
1964, Sony Repertory, 93 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

A gallery of unforgettable comic grotesques, including Sterling Hayden’s fluoride-hating general, George C. Scott’s oversexed Commie killer, and the brilliant Peter Sellers as the befuddled U.S. president, as well as the veddy British commander Mandrake and the maniacal Dr. Strangelove. Slim Pickens (BLAZING SADDLES) plummets his way into comedic history. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room."


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