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Hustle

Hustle

Hustle

1975 / 120min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH

CAST: BURT REYNOLDS, CATHERINE DENEUVE, BEN JOHNSON, PAUL WINFIELD

Aldrich and Burt Reynolds followed up the success of the hive-five-worthy hootenanny The Longest Yard with this downbeat, bitterly resigned police procedural, which finds Reynolds’ spiritually-exhausted LAPD detective dallying with Catherine Deneuve’s high-class escort while trying to crack the case of a teenaged girl washed up on a beach, whose daddy (the God-level Ben Johnson) doesn’t buy that this was a routine suicide. “Aldrich’s vision of a spreading, inescapable moral corrosion is insidiously depressing, when it is not immediately horrifying.” - Dave Kehr