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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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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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Legendary game developers John Carmack and John Romero revealed that this film especially the exchange between Vincent and Moselle was the main reason behind the title of the hit video game Doom and its sequels. See more »


After Moselle misses the 4 ball to the side pocket, Vincent shoots it into the corner pocket leaving the cue ball near the side pocket. When he lines up to shoot the 5 ball into the opposite corner pocket, the cue ball is in a direct line behind the five ball, not where it ended up after the four ball shot. See more »


Vincent Lauria: I think maybe the money's what's throwing you off here today.
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English Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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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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