Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match. Clarke Clifford A. Jim Shields Dick Vorisek. Rossen Films 20th Century Fox. Robert Rossen was a director with very short resume who struck early success with All the Kings Men, but waited twelve long years to repeat that success. The film follows the hotheaded Felson as he frequently gets in his own way trying to find some level of prosperity utilizing his talents.