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I'm shootin pool, Fats. When I miss, you can shoot.
Newman's acting chops are as phenomenal as his pool playing. He plays a truly despicable pool hustler that drips with arrogance and narcism. The romance running through the film between the pool playing can drag on but I think really adds to the hopelessness that the couple feel deep down. They both know on some detached level that it won't work out but like Newman's character in the movie, they don't know when or how to quit.
The first scene is absolutely mesmerizing. Paul Newman the boss!
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This movie ranks #16 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's Sport Top 50
This movie ranks #50 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
This movie ranks #58 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #102 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #134 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #161 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #226 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #231 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #370 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #395 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #424 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #425 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #482 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #599 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?