The Color of Money 1986

The Color of Money

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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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Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.

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Critic Reviews for The Color of Money

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (5)

  • The premise might sound interesting, but the plotting is so utterly predictable that The Color of Money turns into a pool-room variation of The Karate Kid.

    February 6, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is a surprise, and a disappointment.

    February 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though this is clearly Newman's picture, Tom Cruise also is a joy to watch.

    February 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

    March 26, 2007 | Full Review…

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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…

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  • Aug 30, 2013
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    The narrative goes around in circles and honestly, did we need a sequel to "The Hustler"?
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2012
    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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2012
    In the shadow of the original, The Hustler, The Color of Money is not quite in the same league, lacking the dramatic nuance and power of the earlier film. As a sequel, however, it is not without merit, with the Eddie Felson character finding himself coming full circle, in a way that feels believable. The plot is familiar, of course, but is done well, with strong performances all around.The direction by Scorsesse also goes a long way in making the scenes have impact and tension, with his characteristic framing and ingenious eye. Ultimately, the script is really what makes the film, with memorable lines and witty dialogue that accentuate every scene, similar to the first one. I also found the ending to be particularly impressive, opting for resolution on character as opposed to story. A strong follow-up. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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