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The Color of Money (1986)

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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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Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Walter Tevis (novel), Richard Price (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Eddie
Tom Cruise ... Vincent
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Carmen
Helen Shaver ... Janelle
John Turturro ... Julian
Bill Cobbs ... Orvis
Robert Agins Robert Agins ... Earl at Chalkie's
Alvin Anastasia Alvin Anastasia ... Kennedy
Randall Arney 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 Lisa Dodson ... Child World Customer #2
Donald A. Feeney Donald A. Feeney ... Referee #1
Paul Geier Paul Geier ... Two Brothers / Stranger Player
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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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hustler; 8-Ball See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,357,877, 19 October 1986

Gross USA:

$52,293,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,293,982
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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Vincent's glass switches hands between shots when he, Carmen and Eddie are having dinner at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Vincent Lauria: [Eddie is pushing to go on the road] This is my job, Eddie.
Eddie Felson: You think so? Hmmm. That's funny. I don't think so. I think it's your problem.
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Great performances in good movie
11 February 2005 | by Cue-ballSee all my reviews

Paul Newman reprised his role of Eddie Felson from "The Hustler" (1961), on all short lists of great movies, to star in "The Color of Money", a worthy sequel in the way "Rocky II" was to "Rocky" -- not a great movie, but very good.

Eddie, advancing in years, has apparently left the hustling circuit for a more respectable job as a liquor wholesalesman. On his route, he encounters a brash, obnoxious pool shark named Vincent (Tom Cruise) and his girlfriend (Mary Mastrantonio). Vincent has the talent, but not the brains or knowledge, to be another great hustler, so Eddie, his desire for the circuit reignited, offers to stake Vincent and teach him the ropes, in exchange for a substantial piece of the winnings. At first, Vincent's ego and obnoxiousness threaten his development, but he soon learns all of Eddie's tricks -- and a few of his own. By the time of the big tournament at the end of the movie, Eddie and Vince have split ways -- and find themselves on a collision course.

I just realized that "The Color of Money" is my favorite Tom Cruise movie, but not my favorite Paul Newman movie (which could well be "The Hustler"). I re-viewed this movie recently after a long discussion with some friends about the difference between a movie star and an actor, and the few living legends that are both (besides Newman, I'd include Jack Nicholson and Robert de Niro). As always, Newman, even with such a huge public persona, disappears into the role of the middle-aged grifter, heartbroken how far his game has fallen in the days since he left the pool hall circuit. But he also makes the other performers around him shine. Cruise's trademark cockiness shines through in Vincent. Besides Mastrantonio, one of my favorite actresses Helen Shaver turns in a nice performance as Eddie's girlfriend, and Forest Whitaker first appeared on my radar in his short time on screen.

The other star of the movie is the game. While Scorsese didn't make his movie into the character study of "The Hustler", he uses the pool tables and balls as a medium for many artistic scenes. If you are someone who enjoys looking at beautiful movies, you won't be disappointed. And there might even be some real pool players -- you never know...

The story is good, not great. "The Color of Money" is not cut from the same felt as "The Hustler", and does not try to be. It is a movie about pool, not a character study. I don't think I would be up to repeated viewings as frequent as "The Hustler", but it's a fine way to spend an evening watching Newman and Cruise shoot pool.


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