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The Color of Money

The Color of Money (1986)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 3

That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.

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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

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Mar 6, 2001

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (3) | DVD (8)

We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Scorsese's direction at its most downmarket and upbeat -- never have pool tables, balls and cues looked so rich and strange.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A stunning vehicle -- a white Cadillac among the other mainstream American movies of the season.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It doesn't have the electricity, the wound-up tension, of [Scorsese's] best work, and as a result I was too aware of the story marching by.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (6)
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It's entertaining and at times even insightful, but nowhere near as powerful-or memorable-as "The Hustler."

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Working with his crack technical team, Scorsese turns the film into a high-wire act, using everything from the crack of the balls to the soundtrack (best bit: Cruise playing and preening to Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London") to pump up the action.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

A gamble that teens will get this adult's movie.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As a standalone movie, it is a memorable entry in Scorsese and Newman's filmographies. But as a companion piece to The Hustler, it is an exceptional example on how to revisit an iconic character with respect, and above all, with a healthy new vision.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

A joy to see two masters (Scorsese and Newman) at ease with their work, and one, Cruise, in the making.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A hard act to follow, but Scorsese does it in style.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Lacking the urgency, dramatic momentum, and mood of the wonderful 1961 The Hustler, Scorsese's sequel is an enjoyable but ultimately disappointing sequel, and one of his most generic and least personal works.

February 9, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Word is that Paul Newman gave Iggy Pop the cold shoulder during the filming.

October 3, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Boasts two bravura performances--from Newman, who finally -- and deservedly -- won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Cruise, who is a joy to behold. Watch for Forest Whittaker and Iggy Pop in colorful bit roles.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The new version has a tension all its own.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Undernecessary sequel. Cinematography was incredible, though.

September 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
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For the bulk of the run time, The Color of Money excels on its intended terms as a sexy genre picture, mostly thanks to an energetic star turn courtesy of Tom Cruise.

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

The film is carried by Paul Newman's intelligent performance.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As atuações seguras do trio principal e a direção enérgica de Scorsese transformam o bilhar em um jogo tão fascinante quanto o futebol ou o pôquer.

January 2, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Slick and intriguing, Cruise and Newman shine

April 27, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Color of Money

If you liked The Hustler, you'll like this movie, it's pretty much the same movie. I found both of them boring. Sure they're hustlers and there's some drama in it, but watching people play pool for over an hour of the film isn't my cup of tea.
August 30, 2013
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Tend to forget this was a sequel to the film 'The Hustler', probably because it feels like a Cruise vehicle for his young obnoxious over acting and toothy grin.

To be brutally honest I've never seen a film with such a huge amount of sulking, pouting and tantrums as in this film haha. Cruise along with Newman spend most of the film either screaming at each other or storming off in a huff! makes you wonder really.

Personally I don't think there is much here that isn't overly original, the plot is virtually 'The Karate Kid' but with pool or 9-ball. Its funny how almost every film Cruise has done he's some kind of 'top gun' in whatever the film is about. In this we have to put with the most dreadful performances of cringeworthy over acting as Cruise dances and struts around pool tables defeating all challengers showboating as he does so. The perfect role for Mr Cruise then.

The other two main cast members are second fiddle to Mr Cruise's antics but do their best. Newman seems subdued and bored to me, he looks the part still of course, the wardrobe for his character is great, the perfect lounge lizard pool shark type. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is actually really good as Cruise's girlfriend and probably gives the best performance of the three. Her quiet role is the backbone or foundations for the whole plot as she keeps both male ego's in check, somewhat.

Being a Scorsese film it looks sweet as a nut, everything looks damn realistic from the bitterly cold looking locations to the smoky seedy all male pool halls. Despite that the film stretches for that epic Oscar level but really falls short, visually its great but Cruise lets it down for me as does the basic plot. Also gotta say that I hated all the negativity from the characters in this film, sure its the plot but it just left me feeling annoyed and fed up with watching them.
October 6, 2012
phubbs1

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Eddie Felson: Money won is twice as sweet as money earned. 

"The Hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who is."

Might as well get it out of the way early; The Color of Money isn't as good as The Hustler. I didn't expect it to be, so who cares. This takes up Fast Eddie Felson's story 25 years after the events of The Hustler. If any man could make a sequel to a masterpiece 25 years later, it would be Martin Scorsese and he does it admirably. It isn't his best, but it is still a really good movie. All that you really need to know is Paul Newman is back in the role of Fast Eddie and that is all that really matters. This isn't a slap in the face to The Hustler. It's just a good continuation.  

Eddie Felson was banned from playing pool professionally, so for the last 25 years, he has been selling liquor. He's in a bar when he sees Vincent, a cocky but immensely talented young pool player. Eddie takes him under his wing and on the road, where he teaches him how to hustle. The story doesn't really go how you think it would. Scorsese takes detours along the way, but by the end, it gets where you thought it would. I liked a few of the unexpected things in the story and I disliked a few, but overall I liked where Scorsese took us with this continuation. Could it have been better? Yeah, but as it is, it isn't too bad. 

Now is where I admit that this is lesser Scorsese. This is no Raging Bull, but I'll take lesser Scorsese over just about anybody's best. This is a project I'm sure Scorsese loved and one that he probably wanted to do more for himself then for an audience. He throws in his signature character driven plot and all the little things that make watching his films so great. The cast is good, the cinematography is good, the soundtrack is good, and the direction is good. The only thing that pulls the movie down at all is that it is living in the shadows of an all-time classic. You can't watch the movie and not end up comparing it, at least a little, to The Hustler. 

I really enjoyed The Color of Money. It isn't a masterpiece, but it does feature terrific performances from Paul Newman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, plus an okay one from Tom Cruise. Watch this for what it is and don't criticize it too heavily based off of The Hustler. That's a comparison not many would win. 
June 12, 2012
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That ending made up for the whole movie!
May 19, 2012
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