Hustle (1975 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Produced by Robert Aldrich
Written by Steve Shagan
Starring Burt Reynolds
Catherine Deneuve
Ben Johnson
Paul Winfield
Eileen Brennan
Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Joseph Biroc
Edited by Michael Luciano
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
December 25, 1975 (1975-12-25)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.05 million[1]
Box office $10,390,000 (US/Canada)(rentals)[2][3]
217,313 admissions (France)[4]

Hustle is a 1975 American neo-noir crime film directed by Robert Aldrich, and stars Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan, Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine.[5]


When the body of a young woman is found on an isolated beach, Lieutenant Phil Gaines and his partner, Sergeant Louis Belgrave, are the weary and bitter LAPD detectives assigned to the homicide investigation. They conclude, with the support of the coroner's report, that the victim, a hooker and known drug user named Gloria Hollinger, committed suicide using pills.

The commanding officer, Santoro, tells them to close the case. When the detectives talk to the family about the death they omit two facts about the case. That just prior to her death Gloria attended a party at the home of Leo Sellers, a rich, powerful, but corrupt, local attorney and that Gloria had large quantities of semen in her stomach, vagina and rectum indicating that she had engaged in a variety of sexual acts with numerous partners just prior to her demise.

Her father, Marty Hollinger, a headstrong veteran of the Korean War, does not accept the official report and attempts to locate the possible criminal involvement with his own investigation. He discovers the connection to Sellers, who is also a regular customer of Phil's girlfriend, the French prostitute Nicole Britton.



The film was a commercial success. Produced on a budget of $3.05 million,[1] it earned $10,390,000 in US theatrical rentals.[2][3]

"I think it was a good film," said Reynolds. "At least it was a love story, which I hadn't done in a long time. Catherine Deneuve and I were a case of one plus one makes three so that brought about some interest."[6]

Hustle currently holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p 296
  2. ^ a b Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p 39.
  3. ^ a b Top 20 Films of 1975 by Domestic Revenue. Box Office Report via Internet Archive. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  4. ^ French box office results for Robert Aldrich films at Box Office Story
  5. ^ "BFI : Film & TV Database : Hustle". BFI. Retrieved August 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ Workaholic Burt Reynolds sets up his next task: Light comedy Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963–Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 28 Nov 1976: e2.
  7. ^ "Hustle (1975)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 

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