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The Color of Money (1986)

 -  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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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.

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17 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El color del dinero  »

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$13,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$52,293,982 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese:  In the Atlantic City casino, the man walking a dog on a leash. The dog is Scorsese's dog Zoe. Zoe is credited in the closing credits as "Dog Walkby." See more »

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In the scene where they park the car just before going into the abandoned pool hall. They walk across the street to get to the pool hall, but when they walk back to the car they are exiting a building on the same side of the street as their car. See more »

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[last lines]
Vincent Lauria: Hey Eddie, what are you going to do when I kick your ass?
Eddie Felson: Pick myself up and let you kick me again.
Vincent Lauria: Oh yeah?
Eddie Felson: Yeah.
[pause]
Eddie Felson: Just don't put the money in the bank, kid. Because if I don't whip you now, I'm gonna whip you next month in Dallas.
Carmen: You mean Houston - there's nothing coming up in Dallas.
Eddie Felson: Houston, Dallas... And if not then, then the month after that, in New Orleans.
Vincent Lauria: Oh yeah? What makes you so sure?
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Scorsese's successful return to bigger budgets
27 June 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Color Of Money" continues the story of pool player/hustler 'Fast Eddie' Felson (Paul Newman). He's 25 years old, and 25 years wiser as he's spent that time watching pool hustles and schemes and selling wine after his 'early' retirement from pool playing in the original.

But now he's got a new excitement and energy to the game, as he meets Vincent (Tom Cruise), a young, cocky but talented fresh player who's not well known around the low-level pool rooms Eddie has been frequenting. Eddie and Vincent's girlfriend, Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) see Vincent as a cash cow. Indeed, everybody uses everyone, and we're never quite sure the relationship between the three. That's the beauty of it.

Scorsese's never been more refined yet quietly flashy, dealing with a traditional 'old' Hollywood tale of a mentor and protege as small time hustlers playing each other and getting played. The film is an underrated gem, truly downplayed in Scorsese's overall filmography.

Definitely recommended.


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