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Plot: Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young, promising pool player Vincent in a local bar and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler. After some hesitations Vincent accepts and Eddie takes him and Vincent's girlfriend Carmen on a tour through the country to work the pool halls. However, Vincent's tendency to show off his talent and by doing so warning off the players and losing money, soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie. Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 16 Oct 1986
'Fast' Eddie chalks it up to experience-Newman is gold (by buzznzipp1995)
From the first part, this counterpart actually grips me more and takes me to a better understanding than the proceeding. I am not a Tom Cruise Fan, and I guess Paul did make it a lot better than a 'Tom movie', thank God. But This aging 'dinosaur', who is making a comeback on the pool-circuit has a new hotshot, in the picture, that being Tom of course that is great, but green as anything. Being and acting on the mind that he Fellson has...he pursues an idea to take and mentor this 'grandstander' who already has a lot of talent. If he can teach him. The jury <more>
isn't out yet on that one though. But I was in awe of this movie even before I took an interest in writing. The images of Newman, are so powerful to me, taking a hold of my mind with an encapsulating effectiveness. As I took new interest in a story that would have otherwise board me, I saw a man attempting to hold onto his own life in the process. He, a business man and a hustler, a sensitive lover and still a player, but faithful to all, how rare. There was this since of him being strong and a fighter and yet at a moment in weakness, but also reflective wiseness, that came through. He was attempting to not lose his handle on a large piece of his life. A passion, and a honed Career-hobby all in one. He loved his work, and struggled to reach a young upstart, named Vincent a rousing hot-head, with a propensity for blowing it, because of needed ego-strokes. A hard head with ability, but in need of mentoring to save him from himself. 'The Color of money' for me is a man trying not to lose himself in a vastly enveloping world. He is trying to stay alive. He's attempting to keep his life 'in play'. So that he doesn't die a career and identity 'self esteem' death on the side. The 'Color of Money' is a seminal work. It's brilliant and pleasing with a sense of accomplishment. If you haven't seen this one, find the DVD. I rate it a 10 for excellence. ****
Not as good as The Hustler, but still a top notch sequel in my opinion, with a fantastic story and brilliant performances! (by callanvass)
This is not as good as The Hustler,but still a top notch sequel in my opinion, with a fantastic story and brilliant performances!. All the characters are wonderful, and I thought the ending was just great, plus Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are simply incredible in this!. The 2nd half was just as good as the 1st in my opinion, and I believe Newman truly deserved his Oscar here as he deserved it in The Hustler as well, plus him and Cruise had wonderful chemistry together. Some of the pool shots Cruise made blew me away, and while both Newman's and Cruise's characters were jerks, I just <more>
couldn't help but love them, plus Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is excellent as Cruise's girlfriend. The pool match between Newman and Cruise was excellent! and dare I say Cruise deserved an Oscar nomination??, plus this should be much higher then 6.8 in my opinion. I actually felt bad when Forest Whitaker's character hustled Eddie, and Martin Scorsese did a masterful job of directing as always, plus it's actually very unpredictable throughout, as I had no clue on what was going to happen next!.This is one of Cruise's best performances, and I was so impressed with how Newman, was able to play Eddie so easily after not playing him since the 60's with the Hustler, plus I think this film is quite underrated myself!. For a sequel, you can't get much better then this, and all the characters were extremely likable, plus Cruise's likable cockiness was perfect for this part!. It's extremely well made and written, and I thought the dialog was awesome, plus it had some great emotional scenes as well. Newman's teaching tactics were a bit confusing at times, however they were still great, and while it can't quite match the suspense of The Hustler, it still had plenty of it, plus it would be really cool if they made a follow up to this! with Newman and Cruise attached to star. The music was great, and Newman's final line at he end put a big grin on my face! plus Cruise also had excellent chemistry with Mastrantonio!. This is not as good as the hustler, but still a top notch sequel in my opinion, with a fantastic story and brilliant performances, and I say Go see it now, if you loved The Hustler, you will most likely will love this, just go in with low expectations.The Direction is masterful!. Martin Scorsese does a masterful job here as always, with wonderful camera work, and just keeping the film at an extremely engrossing pace.The Acting is indeed Oscar worthy in my opinion!. Paul Newman is incredible here, just like he was in The Hustler, he truly deserved his Oscar, just like he did in The Hustler also, and he is able to match his incredible performance, as well, he also had wonderful chemistry with Cruise, had some fantastic lines , had some brilliant scenes with Cruise, and while his character was a bit of a jerk I just couldn't help but love him, as he was extremely likable! Newman Rules!!!!!! . Tom Cruise is amazing as always, and is also incredible here, he truly deserved at least an Oscar nomination,in my opinion, he also had wonderful chemistry with Newman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, was likably cocky, as always had loads of charisma, and made some pretty wicked shots!, and did wonderful in his emotional&anger scenes,and while his character was a jerk like Newman's I also couldn't help but love him! Cruise Rules!!!!!!!!! . Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was wonderful here, and while she may or may not have deserved her Oscar for best supporting actress, she was very sexy, and had wonderful chemistry with Cruise, I really liked her!. Helen Shaver is good as Newman's girlfriend I dug her. John Turturro is good as the dick Julian, and was convincing. Forest Whitaker is good in his cameo as Amos he was great. Rest of the cast do fine.Overall Go see it immediately if you loved The Hustler like I did, you shouldn't regret it!, just go in with low expectations and don't expect the original. ***** out of 5
I have watched this movie several times and it just keeps getting better each time, something I can't say about very many. Newman is exquisite as the ultra sharp, ex-pool hustler who "gets retired" early in his career and sees Cruise as his ticket to get back in the game. Cruise is effective as a hot prospect with "too much cojones' and not enough brains", as is Mastrantonio in the role of Cruise's street-smart girlfriend. There are so many memorable scenes and lines from this one that just rattle around in my head years after the last time I've seen it. <more>
Excellent and lasting blues score. I used to think this lost focus a little towards the end, now I'm not as sure. Either way, it still seems like a realistic and a most entertaining look at the world of pool hustling. 10 out of 10
Although a lot of this plot is taken from the Richard Widmark rodeo film When the Legends Die, The Color of Money is still a worthy film and a good successor to the early Paul Newman classic, The Hustler.I imagine that players like Paul Newman who create classic characters like Fast Eddie Felson must be bombarded with scripts or story ideas for sequels. Paul Newman is one of the most discriminating of players and up to this point he had only reprised his role in Harper with The Drowning Pool.When he decided to do The Color of Money there was no need to age Newman twenty five years with <more>
makeup. Time had done a better job than any makeup man could have done. Time had also honed his acting abilities so that he could realistically recreate one of his classic characters in an older generation.One thing about The Color of Money is that can and does stand independently of The Hustler. You do not have to have seen the earlier film to know what's happening here. Nevertheless in that earlier film, promising new pool player Eddie Felson does not take direction from mobsters who effectively end his career before he gets it firmly on track.Fast forward from 1961 to 1986 and Paul Newman is now a liquor salesman who hangs around poolrooms in tank towns and dreams what might have been. A young kid with a 'sledgehammer break' gets Newman's attention and its Tom Cruise. He's got a girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio with him and the three sort of adopt each other. It's a complicated relationship between all three of them and all three of them manage to convey the many ups and downs of this triangle. Newman teaches Cruise the tricks of the trade including how to tank a game occasionally to bring up the betting odds. In many ways Cruise learns too well and Newman hanging around with him makes him realize just how much he's missed because of the gangland blackball.Reportedly Newman and Cruise got along splendidly during the making of The Color of Money. Their joint interest in auto racing cemented a very good working relationship.Paul Newman was also nominated during the eighties for Absence of Malice and The Verdict which are two of my favorites with him. Unfortunately in the first he was up against Henry Fonda who had been similarly snubbed for years by the Academy and was dying during the Oscar voting. The second time Ben Kingsley portrayal of the title role in the massive blockbuster Gandhi obscured what I think is Newman's finest performance in The Verdict.Though the Oscar was an Oscar for lifetime of work, The Color of Money is a worthy sequel to The Hustler. Martin Scorsese got great performances out of the whole cast. And Paul Newman finally got a matching Oscar to go with the one Joanne Woodward won for The Three Faces of Eve for their mantelpiece.
25 years after casting his magic in The Hustler, Paul Newman returns again as Fast Eddie Felson, and the results are almost as good as the 1961 offering. Here he is older and wiser and carrying around a cue case full of cynicism, tho no longer involved in the game of pool he has his hunger for the game and the money it makes, rekindled by a meeting with dynamite hot shot Vincent and his beautiful girlfriend Carmen.The story involves the three of them going on the road hustling and aiming for the big pay off that Vincent's talent can ultimately bring them, naturally it's not all <more>
sweetness and light tho.It's a fine film when looking at it now, and I was amazed that it didn't feel like an 80s film as such, and this is down to the cracking direction of Martin Scorsese, it may be one of his most mainstream commercial offerings but his fine work is there for all to see. The camera glides around as if on air to create joyous results, shots that put the pool action right into the conscious of the viewer, it's a great effort. The film is further boosted by two wonderful performances from the leading men, Newman deserved his Oscar for putting such verve and honesty into the now grizzled Felson, there is a scene with Forest Whitaker that is Newman gold without him hardly having to say anything . Then there is Cruise, all big hair and a ball of adrenaline, a great ebullient show that is great fun to watch. I read somewhere that Newman praised Cruise for capturing the essence of a young Eddie Felson, well you can't say fairer than that. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio more than holds her own with the boys and fleshes out a smart and entertaining film that seems to get better with age, just like Felson funnily enough.Oh he's back alright, 9/10.
Absolutely perfect film. From the opening sequence of Eddie hustling the liquor on the barmaid to the last line of dialogue, "I'm back!", this movie kicks @ss. Cruise seems to be playing himself as the cocky pool whiz and Newman could not have done a better job bringing the old school retired hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson back to the pool hall. Scorcese succinctly tells the tale of the hustler getting sucked back into the game, whether he likes it or not. Amazing pool shots made by great players makes you realize just how good the best of the best truly are. If after <more>
watching this movie you don't go to the local pool hall for a beer and saunter around the table humming "Werewolves of London", you just don't get it. Also have to note the unforgettable line uttered by Forrest Whitaker after embarrassingly beating the hustler at his own game; "Hey Eddie, can i ask you a question? Do you think i need to lose some weight?" Priceless. Four huge stars.
People misunderstood "The Color of Money," I think. There are a few things to keep in mind: 1 This was a Martin Scorsese film. Scorsese was fresh off "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and other such successes from less than a decade before. People were expecting a lot.2 It starred Paul Newman, returning to his character from "The Hustler," in a sequel that was twenty-five years in the making. That's longer than the wait for the "Phantom Menace" prequel.Perhaps for those two very strong reasons alone, when "The Color of Money" <more>
opened in 1986, the critics and audiences didn't think much of it. It garnered decent praise from both areas but most critics seemed to agree: it didn't hold a candle to "The Hustler," and anyone other than Scorsese could have easily made the same picture.After 19 years, I disagree. I think "The Color of Money" is not only an intelligent and amusing character piece, but an excellent continuation of a character we haven't seen for 25 years.First of all, Scorsese's direction isn't his best, but it's still very good. And he's definitely got the same elements going on as "After Hours" from a few years before -- his cinematography is identical and the dark colors and grainy '80s vibe are present in every frame. Likewise he's using the quick-cuts and zooms and iconic panning shots that he's known for. The thing is, Scorsese's styles just changed a bit during the 1980s they even carried on into "GoodFellas" -- the night-time shots carry the same foreboding look as "After Hours" and "Color of Money" . I think now, looking back, since we've seen more of Scorsese's films, it's easier to notice that this is indeed a Martin Scorsese film. A man who is constantly changing his directorial approach. Just look at "The Aviator" for goodness sake! Newman deserved the Oscar more for "The Hustler," of course, but for what it's worth, Fast Eddie Felson's evolution is handled with care in the script and it's very entertaining for anyone who's seen the original to note the change in his behavior. It's also interesting to see the new cocky pool hustler, Vince Tom Cruise , filling in the shoes of Eddie from a few decades before.If "The Hustler" was a great insight into the life of a troubled young man, then "The Color of Money" is a terrific insight into the evolution of this man, and the contrast between the young and the old. All adults tell us as children that they were just like us at one time, and we don't believe them. "The Color of Money" follows this principal -- in thirty years, we all know Vince will be just like Fast Eddie: wise and matured. And then he'll probably be coaching a young guy who thinks he's the king of the world. Will they make another sequel based on this continuation of the story? I doubt it. It's unnecessary, because as far as I'm concerned "The Color of Money" has already stressed the point. But you never know...Overall this isn't a great movie and I won't pretend it is. But I do think it's one of the better films to come out of the 1980s and had a lot more going for it than some of the critics gave it credit for. Film buffs should see it, especially those who loved "The Hustler."
"Twenty five years ago, my career ended before it had even really started," Eddie Felson tells Vince, a young pool shark. No longer the cocky man he was in "The Hustler," Eddie Paul Newman in 1986 is retired from pool and a successful investor. When he spots hot-shot Vince Tom Cruise , he decides to invest in him and take him on the road, with the goal of Vince winning a big pool tournament in Atlantic City. Along the way, Eddie confronts what he was and is no more and looks at the dreams he let die. When Vince is too foolish and strong-willed to take his advice, Eddie <more>
makes an important decision.Though not as strong a film as "The Hustler," "The Color of Money" is still an excellent film with a great cast led by Newman, at the peak of his "older man" good looks and the brilliant acting he's always had. And, as usual, he tells you everything you need to know about a character. It's clear that he was content with his life and his attractive girlfriend Helen Shaver until he saw Vince. Then the old restlessness and competitiveness came creeping back into his blood.Seeing Tom Cruise in 1986 is startling since today, the lower half of his face has changed drastically due to plastic surgery. Here he conveys the raw, youthful energy that helped make him a star. Like many successful movie actors, he has a wonderful physical agility. His pompadoured Vince is a short-tempered, jealous, talented ingrate who can't help showing off. Cruise is very effective, as is Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio as his sultry, beautiful girlfriend in another role she made memorable in the '80s.Beautifully directed by Scorcese, "The Color of Money" shows that it's never too late to follow your dreams and, with the right actors and the right script, you can do a good sequel even 25 years after the original.