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The Color of Money (1986)

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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Robert Agins ...
Earl at Chalkie's
Alvin Anastasia ...
Kennedy
Randall Arney ...
Child World Customer #1
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Diane at Bar
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Lou at Child World
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Guy in Crowd
Lisa Dodson ...
Child World Customer #2
Donald A. Feeney ...
Referee #1
Paul Geier ...
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Storyline

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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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

17 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hustler; 8-Ball  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,357,877, 19 October 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,293,982
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Trivia

The voice explaining 9-ball is director Martin Scorsese's. See more »

Goofs

Vincent's deliberate jump shot is illegal, and a serious foul. He would not have won that frame. Eddie would have. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Felson: Did you ever hear of a hustle called Two Brothers and a Stranger?
Vincent Lauria: Yeah, uh, that's the guy in the Bible with the many colored coats, right?
[grins widely; Eddie and Carmen look disgusted]
Vincent Lauria: Hey, what's wrong with you guys? It's a joke, okay?
Eddie Felson: Did I get through to you last night, kiddo? 'Cause if I didn't, I'll run it by you another way. If you'd have kicked ass in any other place but Chalkie's, Atlantic City would be dead for us. The Guys Never Leave The Street. Otherwise, it'd be all around.
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Two Brothers And A Stranger
Written and Performed by Mark Knopfler
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25 Years Later Sequel.
15 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese directed this sequel to "The Hustler", set 25 years later. Paul Newman returns as 'Fast' Eddie Felson, long retired from pool playing, and now a successful liquor salesman. One day in a bar, he notices Vincent Lauria(played by Tom Cruise) who has undeniable talent as a pool player but is far too overconfident, scaring away potential marks as a result. Vincent reminds Eddie of himself, so agrees to manage him, as long as he accepts his coaching without argument. Vincent also has a loyal girlfriend called Carmen(played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) who reminds Eddie of his doomed romance with Sarah... Events will collide in the big pool tournament at the end. Paul Newman won a long overdue Academy Award for his performance, which is the best thing about this misfired sequel, which is good-looking but oddly unsatisfying, especially the ending. Lacks the stark style and memorable supporting characters of the first.


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