The Color of Money

The Color of Money

Martin Scorsese (1986)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Paul Newman deservedly won the best actor Oscar for this terrific drama in which he reprises the role of "Fast" Eddie Felson, the pool shark he played in 1961's The Hustler. Here, the ageing Felson takes on pushy pupil Vincent (Tom Cruise) and both learn a trick or two about life and each other as Felson prepares his prodigy for a national tournament in Atlantic City. The confrontational climax never quite convinces, but Richard Price's knockout script is one to treasure and director Martin Scorsese brings his trademark visual style to bear on the production. Oscar-nominated Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio puts in an accomplished performance as the naive Cruise's knowing girlfriend and look out, too, for Forest Whitaker in a supporting role as a young pool hustler.

Summary

Fast Eddie Felson takes cocky pool player Vincent under his wing and sets about moulding him into the kind of hustler he used to be. As Vincent gradually immerses himself in the seedier aspects of the game, Eddie begins to discover something of himself in his protege - and he does not like what he sees. Martin Scorsese's drama sequel to The Hustler, starring an Oscar-winning Paul Newman, with Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John Turturro.

Cast & Crew

Fast Eddie Felson Paul Newman
Vincent Lauria Tom Cruise
Carmen Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Julian John Turturro
Janelle Helen Shaver
Orvis Bill Cobbs
Amos Forest Whitaker
Grady Seasons Keith McCready
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Touchstone PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama