When the body of the woman is found on an isolated beach, two LAPD detectives, Lieutenant Phil Gaines and Sergeant Louis Belgrave, are 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. Before Gloria died, she attended a party at the home of Leo Sellers, a rich, powerful, but corrupt, local attorney, and that Gloria had large quantities of semen, indicating that she had incestuous relationships with numerous partners. Her father, Marty, is a headstrong veteran of the Korean War, who declined the official report and attempts to locate the possible criminal involvement with his own investigation. He discovers the connection, between Sellers and Phil's girlfriend Nicole Britton.
Burt Reynolds – Lieutenant Phil Gaines
Catherine Deneuve – Nicole Britton
Ben Johnson – Marty Hollinger
Paul Winfield – Sergeant Louis Belgrave
Eileen Brennan – Paula Hollinger
Eddie Albert – Leo Sellers
Ernest Borgnine – Santuro
Jack Carter – Herbie Dalitz
Colleen Brennan – Gloria Hollinger
James Hampton – Bus Driver
David Spielberg – Bellamy
Catherine Bach – Peggy Summers
The film was a commercial success. Produced on a budget of $3.05 million, it earned $10,390,000 in US theatrical rentals.
"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."
Hustle currently holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.