Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 9/10/10
Although a lot of this plot is taken from the Richard Widmark rodeofilm When the Legends Die, The Color of Money is still a worthy filmand a good successor to the early Paul Newman classic, The Hustler.
I imagine that players like Paul Newman who create classic characterslike Fast Eddie Felson must be bombarded with scripts or story ideasfor sequels. Paul Newman is one of the most discriminating of playersand up to this point he had only reprised his role in Harper with TheDrowning Pool.
When he decided to do The Color of Money there was no need to ageNewman twenty five years with makeup. Time had done a better job thanany makeup man could have done. Time had also honed his actingabilities so that he could realistically recreate one of his classiccharacters in an older generation.
One thing about The Color of Money is that can and does standindependently of The Hustler. You do not have to have seen the earlierfilm to know what's happening here. Nevertheless in that earlier film,promising new pool player Eddie Felson does not take direction frommobsters who effectively end his career before he gets it firmly ontrack.
Fast forward from 1961 to 1986 and Paul Newman is now a liquor salesmanwho hangs around poolrooms in tank towns and dreams what might havebeen. A young kid with a 'sledgehammer break' gets Newman's attentionand its Tom Cruise. He's got a girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantoniowith him and the three sort of adopt each other.
It's a complicated relationship between all three of them and all threeof them manage to convey the many ups and downs of this triangle.Newman teaches Cruise the tricks of the trade including how to tank agame occasionally to bring up the betting odds. In many ways Cruiselearns too well and Newman hanging around with him makes him realizejust how much he's missed because of the gangland blackball.
Reportedly Newman and Cruise got along splendidly during the making ofThe Color of Money. Their joint interest in auto racing cemented a verygood working relationship.
Paul Newman was also nominated during the eighties for Absence ofMalice and The Verdict which are two of my favorites with him.Unfortunately in the first he was up against Henry Fonda who had beensimilarly snubbed for years by the Academy and was dying during theOscar voting. The second time Ben Kingsley portrayal of the title rolein the massive blockbuster Gandhi obscured what I think is Newman'sfinest performance in The Verdict.
Though the Oscar was an Oscar for lifetime of work, The Color of Moneyis a worthy sequel to The Hustler. Martin Scorsese got greatperformances out of the whole cast. And Paul Newman finally got amatching Oscar to go with the one Joanne Woodward won for The ThreeFaces of Eve for their mantelpiece.
Reviewed bySpikeopathVote: 9/10/10
25 years after casting his magic in The Hustler, Paul Newman returnsagain as Fast Eddie Felson, and the results are almost as good as the1961 offering. Here he is older and wiser and carrying around a cuecase full of cynicism, tho no longer involved in the game of pool hehas his hunger for the game and the money it makes, rekindled by ameeting with dynamite hot shot Vincent and his beautiful girlfriendCarmen.
The story involves the three of them going on the road hustling andaiming for the big pay off that Vincent's talent can ultimately bringthem, naturally it's not all sweetness and light tho.
It's a fine film when looking at it now, and I was amazed that itdidn't feel like an 80s film as such, and this is down to the crackingdirection of Martin Scorsese, it may be one of his most mainstreamcommercial offerings but his fine work is there for all to see. Thecamera glides around as if on air to create joyous results, shots thatput the pool action right into the conscious of the viewer, it's agreat effort. The film is further boosted by two wonderful performancesfrom the leading men, Newman deserved his Oscar for putting such verveand honesty into the now grizzled Felson, there is a scene with ForestWhitaker that is Newman gold without him hardly having to say anything. Then there is Cruise, all big hair and a ball of adrenaline, a greatebullient show that is great fun to watch. I read somewhere that Newmanpraised Cruise for capturing the essence of a young Eddie Felson, wellyou can't say fairer than that. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio more thanholds her own with the boys and fleshes out a smart and entertainingfilm that seems to get better with age, just like Felson funnilyenough.
Oh he's back alright, 9/10.
Reviewed byblanche-2Vote: 8/10/10
"Twenty five years ago, my career ended before it had even reallystarted," Eddie Felson tells Vince, a young pool shark. No longer thecocky man he was in "The Hustler," Eddie (Paul Newman) in 1986 isretired from pool and a successful investor. When he spots hot-shotVince (Tom Cruise), he decides to invest in him and take him on theroad, with the goal of Vince winning a big pool tournament in AtlanticCity. Along the way, Eddie confronts what he was and is no more andlooks at the dreams he let die. When Vince is too foolish andstrong-willed to take his advice, Eddie makes an important decision.
Though not as strong a film as "The Hustler," "The Color of Money" isstill an excellent film with a great cast led by Newman, at the peak ofhis "older man" good looks and the brilliant acting he's always had.And, as usual, he tells you everything you need to know about acharacter. It's clear that he was content with his life and hisattractive girlfriend (Helen Shaver) until he saw Vince. Then the oldrestlessness and competitiveness came creeping back into his blood.
Seeing Tom Cruise in 1986 is startling since today, the lower half ofhis face has changed drastically due to plastic surgery. Here heconveys the raw, youthful energy that helped make him a star. Like manysuccessful movie actors, he has a wonderful physical agility. Hispompadoured Vince is a short-tempered, jealous, talented ingrate whocan't help showing off. Cruise is very effective, as is Mary ElizabethMastroantonio as his sultry, beautiful girlfriend in another role shemade memorable in the '80s.
Beautifully directed by Scorcese, "The Color of Money" shows that it'snever too late to follow your dreams and, with the right actors and theright script, you can do a good sequel even 25 years after theoriginal.
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.