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The Color of Money -- A pool shark's greed gets him into trouble when he loses start to outnumber his wins.
The Color of Money -- Clip: Vincent hits a trick shot
The Color of Money -- Clip: Eddie beats first time player
The Color of Money -- Clip: Eddie picks up girl at the bar


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Walter Tevis (novel)
Richard Price (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 October 1986 (USA) See more »
The Hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing. A kid who is.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A good ride, colorful shooting (camera and pool), but a bit thin overall, except Newman. See more (115 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Fast Eddie Felson

Tom Cruise ... Vincent Lauria

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Carmen

Helen Shaver ... Janelle

John Turturro ... Julian

Bill Cobbs ... Orvis
Robert Agins ... Earl at Chalkie's
Alvin Anastasia ... Kennedy
Randall Arney ... Child World Customer #1

Elizabeth Bracco ... Diane at Bar

Vito D'Ambrosio ... Lou at Child World

Ron Dean ... Guy in Crowd
Lisa Dodson ... Child World Customer #2
Donald A. Feeney ... Referee #1
Paul Geier ... Two Brothers / Stranger Player
Carey Goldenberg ... Congratulating Spectator
Joe Guastaferro ... Chuck the Bartender

Paul Herman ... Player in Casino Bar
Mark Jarvis ... Guy at Janelle's
Lawrence Linn ... Congratulating Spectator
Keith McCready ... Grady Seasons
Jimmy Mataya ... Julian's Friend in Green Room
Grady Mathews ... Dud
Carol Messing ... Casino Bar Band Singer / Julian's Flirt
Steve Mizerak ... Duke, Eddie's First Opponent
Rick Mohr ... Congraulating Spectator
Lloyd Moss ... Narrator, Resorts International
Michael Nash ... Moselle's Opponent
Mario Nieves ... Latin Guy #3
Miguel Nino ... Latin Guy #1 (as Miguel A. Nino)
Andy Nolfo ... Referee #2
Ernest Perry Jr. ... Eye Doctor
Jerry Piller ... Tom

Iggy Pop ... Skinny Player on Road

Richard Price ... Guy Who Calls Dud
Juan Ramírez ... Latin Guy #2
Alex Ross ... Bartender Who Bets
Peter Saxe ... Casino Bar Band Member

Charles Scorsese ... High Roller #1
Rodrick Selby ... Congratulating Spectator
Christina Sigel ... Waitress
Harold L. Simonsen ... Chief Justice Tournament
Fred Squillo ... High Roller #2
Brian Sunina ... Casino Bar Band Member
Wanda Christine ... Casino Clerk (as Wandachristine)

Forest Whitaker ... Amos
Jim Widlowski ... Casino Bar Band Member

Bruce A. Young ... Moselle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Hendricks ... Commander USA (archive footage)
Kevin Bassett ... Pool tournement extra (uncredited)
Stephen Burrows ... Pool Freak (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Martin Scorsese ... Opening Voiceover (voice) (uncredited)
Mr. Skin ... Audience member (uncredited)
Howard Vickery ... Vincent's Opponent with Beard and Glasses (uncredited)

Lenny Wilson ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Walter Tevis (novel)

Richard Price (screenplay)

Produced by
Irving Axelrad .... producer
Barbara De Fina .... producer
Dodie Foster .... associate producer
Original Music by
Robbie Robertson 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
Casting by
Gretchen Rennell 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Karen O'Hara  (as Karen A. O'Hara)
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Makeup Department
Brian J. Kossman .... hair stylist
Kathe Swanson .... key hair stylist (as Käthe Müller Swanson)
Lillian Toth .... makeup artist
Monty Westmore .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Dodie Foster .... production manager
Daniel J. Heffner .... executive in charge of production
Mic Fabus .... post-production manager: Chicago (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Feld .... second assistant director
Judith Friedman .... second second assistant director (as Judith S. Friedman)
Phil Marco .... second unit director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Jeanne Caliendo .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jeffrey R. Renfrow .... property master
Kenneth Turek .... lead man (as Ken Turek)
Andrew Zawacki .... construction coordinator
David Gianneschi Sr. .... swing gang (uncredited)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... foley engineer
Miriam Biderman .... assistant sound editor
Ron Bochar .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Richard Goldberg .... sound editor (as Dick Goldberg)
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor (as Thomas Gulino)
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... assistant sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... sound editor
Doris Soraci .... assistant sound editor
Jess Soraci .... sound editor
Steven Visscher .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Weir .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Williams .... sound mixer
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator (as Jeffrey Williams)
Robert Yano .... assistant sound editor
Joanna Jimenez .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Curtiss Smith .... special effects (as Curt Smith)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts (as Richard M. Wilkie)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera (as Donald C. Carlson)
Robert C. Carlson .... second assistant camera
Peter J. Donoghue .... key grip
Mel P. Mack .... best boy
Frank Miller .... camera operator (as Frank M. Miller)
James A. Miller .... gaffer (as Jim Miller)
John Robert Miller .... dolly grip (as John R. Miller)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer (as Ronald W. Phillips)
Kevin Bassett .... second unit assitant cameraman (uncredited)
Frank Byrne .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Shelley Andreas .... casting: Chicago
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... costume supervisor
Cheryl Weber .... costumer (as Cheryl A. Weber)
Laurie Riley .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Goodman .... second assistant editor (as Michael Goodman)
Rose Kuo .... assistant editor
James Y. Kwei .... first assistant editor
Ed O'Malley .... assistant editor (as Edward M. O'Malley)
Christopher Tellefsen .... assistant editor
Tom Rovak .... dailies editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Mark A. Baker .... location manager: East Coast
Michael J. Malone .... location manager: Chicago (as Michael Malone)
Dow Griffith .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Gary Chang .... music arranger: additional electronic music
Willie Dixon .... special music participation
Gil Evans .... orchestrator
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Robert Nichols .... assistant music editor (as Bob Nichols)
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation captain (as George Di Leonardi)
Other crew
Kathy Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Cruise
William Arnold .... assistant: Mr. Leven (as Bill Arnold)
Karen Bruck .... production assistant
Tracy Cutts .... production assistant (as Tracy Barbara Cutts)
Joseph D'Amato .... production assistant (as Joseph Damato)
Bill Einsel .... production assistant
Marcia Franklin .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Mike Greenwood .... production assistant
Gregory A. Jackson .... production assistant
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist
Laura M. Kemp .... production assistant (as Laura Kemp)
Deborah Lupard .... production assistant
Kathleen Nolan .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer
Gidion Phillips .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Elise Rohden .... production coordinator
Deborah Schindler .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Michael Sigel .... technical advisor
Susan Vanderbeek .... secretary to the producers
Robert Werner .... production assistant
Elizabeth Yanoska .... production accountant
Dianne E. Collins .... publicist (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami .... associate production executive (uncredited)
Ewa Mataya Laurance .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Coyote Shivers .... assistant: Robbie Robertson (uncredited)
Marion Billings .... special thanks
James Hendricks .... special thanks
Harold L. Simonsen .... special thanks (as Harold Simonsen)
Shari Simonsen .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

In the novel that the film is based on, Fast Eddie plays in a tournament against Minnesota Fats, who was played by Jackie Gleason in The Hustler (1961). But Martin Scorsese wanted to take the film in another direction. Paul Newman and Gleason wanted Fats to return in the sequel so the character was written into a new draft of the script. But Gleason felt that the character did not fit into the new story and declined to reprise the role.See more »
Continuity: 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:[to Vincent] I'll change my teeth, you change your god damned diapers!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998)See more »
Don't Tell Me Nothin'See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A good ride, colorful shooting (camera and pool), but a bit thin overall, except Newman., 10 April 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The Color of Money (1986)

The reputation of this films rides partly on its director, a mainstream Martin Scorsese, and on the previous film it bounces off of (and makes vague reference to), The Hustler. Key to both films is the astonishing Paul Newman, who holds his end of the stick and then some. The rest of the cast is purely in canned and competent support roles, or in semi-star roles by two young actors with some screen presence but no great subtle skill to match Newman's.

I'm speaking not only of Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio, who is forced to play the slightly tough, slightly sexy, generally submissive girlfriend, but also of Tom Cruise, who is brilliant at being "flakey" partly because he is in real life, from all accounts. You give Scorsese credit here for using the young actor in a role that matches his natural persona, in contrast to others, including Spielberg, who seem to make more of the actor than there is, and a certain falseness gets in the way. But this film uses the awkwardness and naive, boyish qualities of Cruise as a sudden pool shark really well.

What holds it all back? I think basically plot. I mean, it's fun to see the big hustle at play, and to get stung once or twice when things aren't what they seem. But we sort of know going in that that's the general plan, and then it happens. And it takes a long time happening...there are no (no) complications here, beyond pool and hustling. The romances, for what they are worth, a completely thin, and didn't have to be. The settings, all these great (great) poolhalls and small town joints are terrific, populated a little too perfectly by locals of all different stripes. The camera-work makes some fairly cinema verite footage make sense in the scenes, but not with either edge or lyricism.

This all sounds a little like I'm working hard to point out the flaws, and I must go back to where I started about Newman, and the basic strength of the aging pool player facing a change in his personal scenery. It's a canned affair overall. Well done, sure, but without the richness of the best of Scorsese's work, or the best of Hollywood, for that matter, including the preceding The Hustler, which you might see in a pairing with this one.

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