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Color of Money, The (1986)

The hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who is

Original Title : The Color of Money
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Walter Tevis
Richard Price
Genre : Drama
Sport
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Irving Axelrad, Barbara De Fina, Dodie Foster
Photography : Michael Ballhaus
Distributor : Abril Vídeo, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Pictures, Gativideo, Touchstone Home Video, Touchstone Home Video
IMDB ID : 0090863
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poster for "Color of Money, The" by Martin Scorsese (1986)
Color of Money, The (1986) - Martin Scorsese
 

Starring

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
Elizabeth Bracco Diane at Bar
Vito D'Ambrosio Lou at Child World
Ron Dean Guy in Crowd
Lisa Dodson Child World Customer
Donald A. Feeney Referee
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
Miguel Nino Latin Guy
Andy Nolfo Referee
Ernest Perry Jr. Eye Doctor
Jerry Piller Tom
Iggy Pop Skinny Player on Road
Richard Price Guy Who Calls Dud
Juan Ramírez Latin Guy
Alex Ross Bartender Who Bets
Peter Saxe Casino Bar Band Member
Charles Scorsese High Roller
Rodrick Selby Congratulating Spectator
Christina Sigel Waitress
Harold L. Simonsen Chief Justice Tournament
Fred Squillo High Roller
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
Martin Scorsese Opening Voiceover (voice) (uncredited)
 

Plot

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. Eddie "Fast Eddy" Felson, a former pool player forced into retirement by gangsters (as seen in "The Hustler",) finds himself, self-respect, and finally, redemption when he enters a relationship with young pool player Tom Cruise very similar to his own early career. As they travel together, Fast Eddy realizes how much he had lost, and can see the inevitable finale of their relationship as history begins to repeat itself. In an effort to avert tragedy, Eddy severs their relationship, and returns to his first love, pool. Finally, in a big Atlantic City tournament, Cruise returns the favor, and teaches Eddy the final lesson that allows him to finish his quest of re-discovery.
 

Comments

Scorsese's 80s film about an oldtime pool player (Newman) who helps train a new youngster (Cruise) but later decides that he may have one more run left in him. The film is done well by Scorsese, but does not measure up to his best work, though its still better than most films out there, and probably did a lot to influence the recent Shooting Gallery, which was a pretty good film about pool as well, though a young Tom cruise played the role of the hotshot pool player much better than Freddie Prinze Jr. Anyhow, back to this film, Scorsese's dark style suited it well and Newman's performance is vintage. a definite must-see for a fan of scorsese, cruise, newman or pool. --- IMDb Rating: 6.7, my rating: 9/10