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The Color of Money


Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver View All


Martin Scorsese (Director), Richard Price (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 7th, 1986
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.
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The movie is a long gap sequel to Robert Rossen's The Hustler, and while it initially seems to lack the same psychological claustrophobia as the earlier movie, developments later in the movie wring a sense of trauma from our memories of our earlier movie.
After six previous Oscar nominations and being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, the late Paul Newman finally won his only competitive Oscar for his 100 megawatt performance in 1986's The Color of Money, an in-name-only sequel to The Hustler that provides a compelling story with fascinating lead....
The film features Paul Newman again as Fast Eddie and Tom Cruise as Vincent Lauria, a very talented and young pool player, that Eddie discovers in one of the bars where he's selling booze.