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The Color of Money

  • Drama
  • 1986
  • Martin Scorsese
  • 114 mins
  • 15

Summary

Martin Scorsese's sequel to The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Liquor salesman and former pool hustler "Fast" Eddie Felson has long since put aside his cue and now backs young players in return for a slice of their winnings. When Felson spots the raw talent of Vincent Lauria, he persuades him to undertake a six-week pool-room tour in preparation for a big tournament.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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"Fast" Eddie FelsonPaul Newman
Vincent LauriaTom Cruise
CarmenMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
JanelleHelen Shaver
JulianJohn Turturro
OrvisBill Cobbs
Earl at ChalkiesRobert Agins
Grady SeasonsKeith McCready
Casino band singerCarol Messing
DukeSteve Mizerak
MoselleBruce A Young
KennedyAlvin Anastasia
Chuck, the bartenderJoe Guastaferro
AmosForest Whitaker
Skinny player on the roadIggy Pop

Crew

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DirectorMartin Scorsese

Details

Theatrical distributor
Touchstone Pictures
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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