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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.


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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?


Many top pool players of the 80's were part of the cast and/or provided assistance, such as Steve Mizerak ("The Miz") who was the hefty player Eddie beat in Atlantic City; Jimmy Mataya ("Pretty Boy Floyd"), who was accompanying Julian (John Turturro) when he saw Eddie in Atlantic City; Keith McCready, who played Grady Seasons; and others such as Michael Sigel, Ewa Mataya Laurance, (who at the time was Jimmy Mataya's wife) acted as pro shot makers and advisors who set up the shots for the actors, and Howard Vickery, the bearded man who was in the montage of people who Felson hustles. See more »


In Vince's final game against Julian early in the movie, the cue ball comes to a stop against the rail to his right after his shot on the 8 ball, but when Vince is lining up for his winning shot on the 9 ball to the corner pocket, the cue ball is near the middle of the table close to the side pocket on his left. See more »


Eddie Felson: This ain't pool. This is for bangers. Straight pool is pool. This is like hand-ball, or cribbage, or something. Straight pool, you gotta be a real surgeon to get 'em, you know? It's all finesse. Now, every thing is nine-ball, 'cause it's fast, good for T.V., good for a lot of break shots... Oh, well. What the hell. Checkers sells more than chess.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.96 (2010) 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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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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