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The Color of Money (1986)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  17 October 1986 (USA)
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Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Agins ...
Earl at Chalkie's
Alvin Anastasia ...
Randall Arney ...
Child World Customer #1
Diane at Bar
Lou at Child World
Guy in Crowd
Lisa Dodson ...
Child World Customer #2
Donald A. Feeney ...
Referee #1
Paul Geier ...
Two Brothers / Stranger Player


Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young, promising pool player Vincent in a local bar and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler. After some hesitations Vincent accepts and Eddie takes him and Vincent's girlfriend Carmen on a tour through the country to work the pool halls. However, Vincent's tendency to show off his talent and by doing so warning off the players and losing money, soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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The Hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing. A kid who is.


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

17 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El color del dinero  »

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$13,800,000 (estimated)


$52,293,982 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The casino in Atlantic City was also used as a location in Brian De Palma's Wise Guys, which was also released the same year as The Color of Money, which was 1986. See more »


After the shot in the stairwell when Vincent tears the handrail from the wall, the next shot reverses the angle, and as Eddie walks down the stairs and exits, the camera pans down, and on the lower left side of the frame, you can see the same railing still intact. See more »


Eddie Felson: Where's the Balabushka?
Carmen: Vincent took it.
Eddie Felson: You said he was out.
Carmen: He was in and out.
Eddie Felson: He took the cue stick?
Carmen: Yes.
Eddie Felson: And you let him?
Carmen: Well, so what?
Eddie Felson: Shit.
Carmen: Oh, man, I'm sorry.
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Dog Walkby (Zoe) See more »


Follows The Hustler (1961) See more »


Anema e core
Italian Lyrics by Tito Manlio
English Lyrics by Mann Curtis and Harry Akst
Music by Salve D'Esposito
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He's back alright !
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

25 years after casting his magic in The Hustler, Paul Newman returns again as Fast Eddie Felson, and the results are almost as good as the 1961 offering. Here he is older and wiser and carrying around a cue case full of cynicism, tho no longer involved in the game of pool he has his hunger for the game and the money it makes, rekindled by a meeting with dynamite hot shot Vincent and his beautiful girlfriend Carmen.

The story involves the three of them going on the road hustling and aiming for the big pay off that Vincent's talent can ultimately bring them, naturally it's not all sweetness and light tho.

It's a fine film when looking at it now, and I was amazed that it didn't feel like an 80s film as such, and this is down to the cracking direction of Martin Scorsese, it may be one of his most mainstream commercial offerings but his fine work is there for all to see. The camera glides around as if on air to create joyous results, shots that put the pool action right into the conscious of the viewer, it's a great effort. The film is further boosted by two wonderful performances from the leading men, Newman deserved his Oscar for putting such verve and honesty into the now grizzled Felson, there is a scene with Forest Whitaker that is Newman gold without him hardly having to say anything . Then there is Cruise, all big hair and a ball of adrenaline, a great ebullient show that is great fun to watch. I read somewhere that Newman praised Cruise for capturing the essence of a young Eddie Felson, well you can't say fairer than that. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio more than holds her own with the boys and fleshes out a smart and entertaining film that seems to get better with age, just like Felson funnily enough.

Oh he's back alright, 9/10.

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