The Color of Money

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Overview

Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is ...
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Overview

Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl friend Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cruise learns not only the refinements of the game, but also the dirty trickery that will help him lure in the suckers. As Cruise becomes successful on these terms, Felson seethes with jealousy, hitting the bottle and carelessly allowing himself to fall victim to another hustler. He tells Cruise to get lost, and vows to make an honest comeback. It is inevitable from this point onward that the younger and the older player will square off in a game for the biggest stakes of all: Fast Eddie Felson's self-respect. Both the original Hustler and The Color of Money were based on novels by Walter Tevis.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Color of Money is ostensibly a sequel to 1961's The Hustler, but with Martin Scorsese behind the camera and another young hotshot (Tom Cruise) complementing Paul Newman's aging Fast Eddie Felson, it's a far different film than the original. Cruise is well-cast as the confident, cocky newcomer; Newman would receive his first Academy Award for the haggard, world-weary shadings he added to his character. Screenwriter Richard Price recaptures the wit and verbal cadence of the original characters, and revels in the subtle, psychological hustles they pull outside of the pool halls. In the hands of a less skillful director, the mentor-student dynamic might have seemed pat, but Scorsese imbues the theme with life. As interpreted by cameraman Michael Ballhaus, the game of pool is a living, breathing character unto itself. The film's biggest drawback may be the conspicuous absence of a climactic showdown: Scorsese intentionally leaves the characters' futures ambiguous, but viewers may feel cheated by the non-resolution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 012257513035
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Eddie Felson
Tom Cruise Vincent Lauria
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Carmen
Helen Shaver Janelle
John Turturro Julian
Bill Cobbs Orvis
Robert Agins Earl at Chalkies
Keith McCready Grady Seasons
Carol Messing Julian's Flirt
Steve Mizerak Duke, Eddie's 1st Opponent
Bruce A. Young Moselle
Alvin Anastasia Kennedy
Randall Arney 1st Child World Customer
Elizabeth Bracco Diane at Bar
Wanda Christine Casino Clerk
Vito D'Ambrosio Lou in Child World
Ron Dean Guy in Crowd
Lisa Dodson 2nd Child World Customer
Donald A. Feeney 1st 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
Jimmy Mataya Julian's Friend in Green Room
Grady Mathews Dad
Lloyd Moss Voice Only
Michael Nash Moselle's Opponent
Mario Nieves 3rd Latin Guy
Miguel Nino 1st Latin Guy
Andy Nolfo 2nd Referee
Ernest Perry Jr. Eye Doctor
Jerry Piller Tom
Iggy Pop Skinny Player on the Road
Richard Price Guy Who Calls Dud
Juan Ramirez 2nd Latin Guy
Gretchen Rennell
Alex Ross Bartender Who Bets
Peter Saxe Casino Bar Band Member
Charles Scorsese First High Roller
Fred Squillo High Roller
Forest Whitaker Amos
Jim Widlowski Casino Bar Band Member
Zoe Dog Walkby
Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director, Screenwriter
Irving Axelrad Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara de Fina Producer
Dodie Foster Associate Producer
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Boris Leven Production Designer
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Richard Price Screenwriter
Robbie Robertson Score Composer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Michael Sigel Consultant/advisor
Curtiss Smith Special Effects
Monty Westmore Makeup
Glenn Williams Musical Direction/Supervision
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THERE SHOULD BE MORE LIKE THIS ONE

    THIS MOVIE SHOWS THE HARD LIFE IT TAKES TO BE A GOOD POOL PLAYER. THEY SHOULD BE MORE LIKE THIS TO SHOW THE YOUNGER GENERATION THE WORLD OF BILLIARDS.IT NOT ONLY SHOWS THE DOWNSIDE OF GAMBLEING, BUT THE OUT COME OF THE LIFE OF A HUSTLER.

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