Summary: David Alciatore ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Billiards on the Big Screen The Hustler"
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technical proofs (TP) can be accessed and viewed online at billiards.colostate.edu. The
reference numbers used in the article (e.g., NV A.2) help you locate the resources on the
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I've decided to take a break from my normal technical principles articles and present a topic
for fun: "Billiards on the Big Screen." One weekend, I got a wild hair and decided to watch every
movie I could find in rental stores and libraries that had a billiards theme or major references to
billiards. My list included:
· "Donald in Mathmagic Land," 1959, Disney, with Donald Duck.
· "The Hustler," 1961, 20th Century Fox, with Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie
Gleason, and Piper Laurie.
· "The Music Man," 1962, Warner Brothers, with Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, and
· "The Color of Money," 1986, Touchstone Pictures, with Paul Newman, Tom Cruise,