• The Color of Money (2002)

The Color of Money

Release Date: February 8th, 2002

DVD Release Date: March 14th, 2000

R |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, Robert Agins, Forest Whitaker

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: 1980s , Rivalry , Fascinating , Transformation , Girlfriend , Gripping , Cool

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Many of the scenes in this movie are almost formula, despite the energy of Scorsese's direction and the good performances. They come in the same places we would expect them to come in a movie by anybody else, and they contain the same events. show more

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It may be true that in gambling money won is twice as sweet as money earned, but inart, only the earned has savor; The Color of Money earns enough of it to turn most other movies persimmon with esthetic envy. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The Color of Money plays better when not under the shadow of The Hustler, which is ultimately a better and more compelling tale. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)