The Color of Money

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"The Hustler isn't what he used to be. But he has the next best thing. A kid who is."
  • R
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 7.0  (92,579)
  • 77

The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The movie is a sequel to the 1961 film, The Hustler. The story is set 25 years after the events of the first film. Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is now retired from hustling and is running a liquor business in Chicago. However, he is still haunted by his past and misses the thrill of the game. One day, he meets Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise), a young and brash pool player, who has the potential to be a great hustler. Eddie sees a chance to relive his past through Vincent and convinces him to join him on a road trip to hustling gigs across the country.

As they travel together, Eddie tries to mold Vincent into a more sophisticated and strategic player. Meanwhile, Vincent's girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) comes along for the ride and causes tension between the two men. Along the way, they encounter several talented pool players, including Amos (Forest Whitaker), who teaches them a valuable lesson about the game.

The film explores themes of mentorship, ambition, loyalty, and redemption. Eddie tries to guide Vincent, but also struggles with his own demons and regrets. Vincent, on the other hand, is eager to learn and make a name for himself, but also faces challenges such as balancing his relationship with Carmen and his desire for success. As they compete against each other and other pool players, they learn valuable lessons about themselves and the game.

Paul Newman delivers a strong performance as Eddie Felson, a character he had played in the previous film. Newman portrays Eddie as a complex and flawed character who is both charming and manipulative. Tom Cruise also gives a noteworthy performance as Vincent Lauria, a young and cocky pool player who is eager to prove himself. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is equally impressive as Carmen, a smart and seductive woman who is caught between her loyalty to Vincent and her own ambition.

The Color of Money features excellent cinematography, especially during the pool games, which are shot in a way that captures the intensity and drama of each shot. The film also features a memorable soundtrack, with songs by Eric Clapton and Warren Zevon.

Overall, The Color of Money is a compelling and entertaining drama that stands on its own as a great film, while also paying homage to the previous story. It features strong performances from its lead actors, memorable scenes, and themes that resonate with audiences. It is a must-see for fans of Martin Scorsese, Paul Newman, and Tom Cruise.

The Color of Money is a 1986 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 59 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 77.

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