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Legendary actor Paul Newman (MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE) and Academy Award(R)-nominee Tom Cruise (Best Actor, 1996, JERRY MAGUIRE) ignite the screen in this powerful drama. Brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese (GANGS OF NEW YORK), Newman re-creates one of his most memorable roles from THE HUSTLER. As Fast Eddie Felson, he still believes that "money won is twice as sweet as money earned." To prove his point, he forms a profitable yet volatile partnership with Vince (Cruise), a young pool hustler with a sexy, tough-talking girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, THE PERFECT STORM). But when Vince's flashy arrogance leads to more than a few lost matches, all bets are off between Eddie and him. THE COLOR OF MONEY will electrify you with its suspenseful story, dazzling cinematography, and dynamic performances.

Martin Scorsese handles directing duties in this 1986 sequel to the classic 1961 film The Hustler, which marks the return of Paul Newman to the role of pool shark Fast Eddie Felson. Anxious to break into the big time again, Eddie finds a talented prot¨¦g¨¦ (Tom Cruise) to groom; but with the addition of the latter's manipulative girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and the wild streak in Cruise's character, the trio make for a fascinating portrait in group psychology. The cast is brilliant, the script by Richard Price (Clockers) is a paragon of tightly controlled character study and drama (at least in the film's first half), and Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus make an ornate show of the collision and flight of pool balls through space--something of a metaphor for the dynamics among the three principals. The film is generally regarded as weaker in its second half, and rightly so, as everything that was interesting in the first place disappears. Still, Newman won a deserved Oscar for his performance. --Tom Keogh

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Customer Reviews:

  • He's Back!
    Paul Newman's back as Fast Eddie Felson, crackshot pool hustler. This is the sequel to the 1961 classic "The Hustler" (a film I still have to see.) Fast Eddie is back 25 years later; wiser, sharper, and better-looking than ever... This time, he's mentor to a naive, yet obnoxious, Tom Cruise. He finds out from Eddie he still has a lot to learn. The two make a cool pair. No wonder Newman won the Oscar for this one, although he should've won years earlier. One of his best performances....more info
  • GREAT ACTORS, GREAT MOVIE
    If you can appreciate the sport of billiards and you know the ins and outs of the game, you can enjoy this film. Paul Newman gives an outstanding performance as an old pool shark getting back into the swing of things while taking a young hustler (Cruise) to the top. One of the best sequels ever made....more info
  • A great sequel
    A sequel of sorts of Newman's 1960 THE HUSTLER, and a great one. Newman, long out of the pool game now, but still unable to forget it, finds Tom Cruise shooting the daylights out of the game one night and talks the brash young kid into going on the road and becoming a hustler, with Newman as his mentor. Then halfway through the picture Newman gets the bug to play again. He and Cruise meet up in Atlantic City in a match and Newman wins, only he learns that Cruise lost on purpose to collect a bigger debt. Although it's just an example of his pupil learning his lessons too well, Newman is crestfallen; but he refuses to share in the money - thus he's purified under fire and comes away clean. It's a bit of a shock to see the movie shift from Cruise to Newman halfway through, but the ending redeems it. Both Cruise and Newman are simply mesmorizing to watch. Everything in the movie seems to work perfectly: the gritty pool-hall settings, the minor characters (especially Forest Whitaker as a hustler) - everything. Definitely worth a watch....more info
  • A Great Movie that's about more than Pool. 80s Classic!
    This movie appears to be about pool on the surface. But it's less about pool than it is about what motivates us as people.

    Fast Eddie Felson of the classic, "The Hustler," returns to reverse roles in this 80s classic. Instead of being the young champ, he wants to train the young champ in Tom Cruise. But eventually, he realizes the hard way he doesn't have the stomach to play stake horse and in his heart he really wants the thrill of competition.

    A lot of people will compare this movie to "The Hustler," since it is the sequel. There is no comparison. This movie really can't even be compared in pool terms. The pool shots that they hit in this movie are, for the most part, average to above-average. This is not the mind blowing pool play from "The Hustler" to be sure.

    But this movie does have plenty going for it. For non-pool players, this movie has more character development. This movie also features some of the greatest cinematography of any film. And Newman, Cruise, and the supporting cast all put in stellar performances.

    In short, this is a great movie that's worth watching just for enjoyment or on a deeper level for those who appreciate fine cinema. It's not half the movie that "The Hustler" is, but it has enough merits to stand on its own....more info
  • Better than Average
    Lets not carried away. This is not a great movie. Its 1961 predecessor was. This is a film for those who are curious to know what happened to Mr. 'fast' Eddy Felson. The script is good, whatever our 3* friend may think, and the performances are certainly assured. But this movie isn't as enduring as The Hustler, and you will grow more tired of it than you would think possible on first view. The portrait of hustling is laughably unrealistic, and the ending dire, but there is sufficient empathy with characters, in spite of a slightly unneccesary love triangle, to ensure emotional involvement. If you like pool watch this. If you like cinema watch The Hustler....more info
  • The 9-Ball Rims The Pocket....Yet Doesn't Quite Fall
    I love pool. I love to shoot it, to watch and study it.

    I liked this movie, and to be truthful, this movie is what started my interest and desire to play pool. Of course I've seen The Hustler and it is a far superior movie, it just re-enforced my desire to play even more.

    The Color Of Money is 20+yrs on from The Hustler. Fast Eddie is now a liquor salesman, and even though he's very good at it, the desire to play and return to shooting is still as strong in his blood as it was at end of The Hustler after whipping Minnesota Fats. Felson comes upon Vincent ( played by a young Tom Cruise ) and decides to take him under his wing to show him the ropes and the "hustles" that make the money in the pool halls.

    Cruise is actually good as the "green" young apprentice and Newman is fabulous as the seasoned Felson. Newman does bring the same intensity to Fast Eddie which makes the clash of styles between him and Cruise extremely interesting in the first half of the movie.

    I don't really care for the way the film pans out, with Newman getting hustled by a great Forrest Whittaker character, and especially the anti-climatic ending. Scorsese sets the film up for a big show down and ends it with nothing. What was the problem? Surely the studio could have afforded another 5 minutes of celluloid to see Fast Eddie beat Cruise... however this movie is enjoyable....but no matter how many times you watch it.... the 9 ball doesn't fall off the break....more info

  • Pool movie for Pool Sharks
    Being the greatest pool player west side of Needles and East side of Barstow California, I must say, this is one helluva movie for billiard snakes. Trick shots, great acting, and more trick shots. Although the ending wasn't very spectacular, the portrial of a pool shark is as real as it gets. Speaking from a pool shark's point of view, I have to say, this movie is for reals. If you'd like to get into the billiards, rent this movie and learn a thing or two first!

    The cue used in this movie is a Balabushka, too bad they didn't have Minnesota Fats "The Hustler" Graphite Cues.

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  • 9-Ball, Corner Pocket
    Just as a note--my review comes shortly after the death of Paul Newman, and in a sense this is my way to pay tribute to one of the greatest actors of all time. He will be sorely missed.

    Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) was once a great pool shark, but that was 25 years ago. Now he's selling liquor, ironically in pool halls, until he stumbles onto Vince (Tom Cruise), an arrogant, young pool hustler. Felson tries to be his mentor, show him the ropes and teach him a thing or two about what it means to be the best. The desire to play was too much for Felson so he pulls a quick one on Vince, and in a turn of events, competes against him in the nine ball championships.

    "The Color of Money" is a truly enticing picture. It has a lot going for it...great direction from Scorsese, a magnificent script and brilliant acting. The legendary Paul Newman was so convincingly smooth and charming with his liquor sales pitches that you'd be convinced to buy his booze. In fact, his entire performance seemed to have that quality.

    Being that this is a Scorsese picture, you know what to expect in that sense. The cinematography was intriguing and flawless and the entire cast was truly captivating. It's a must have for your DVD collection....more info
  • Totally Awesome
    Just a classic movie and made during the prime of the 80's. I love this movie, it's inspired me to be great pool player. This also inspired me to play 9-ball like crazy. This is right there with Aliens, Godfather II, T2 as the best sequel of all time. I first saw this movie in school for Film Class, didn't think much of it at first, but after I got done watching it I said to myself was great movie. This is one of those movies ya take out every now & then, sit on the recliner or sofa, eat your favorite snack and enjoy watching. Newman's performance alone is one the best I've seen of him. Cruise & Masterontonio give notable performances as well. One movie that should be on everybodys TOP 10. After watching Scorsese's great job directing Raging Bull (he is my favorite director by the way) he equaled that with The Color of Money, just look at some of the pool shots he got, classic cinematography from one of best directors ever. Even if you don't like 9-ball or Pool, get this movie and you'll have a new found understanding of it....more info
  • PAINFUL
    Not a sequel at all, just a cheap remake. All the actors give it their best, direction and cinematography do shine at times, but the plot sucks. The story denies everything Eddie learned in the Hustler. Forrest Whitaker's small role is probably the best thing about this waste of celluoid, and even that's a painful scene! And the ending, oh the ending, THERE IS NONE!...more info
  • A Complex Classic
    After having seen this movie many times, I came to realize it has more than one "level." It is a "good" movie as pure light entertainment. However, when you really study the movie during several viewings, you realize Scorsese is telling us, through lots of metaphors, what motivates people as they travel through life. At this level, this movie is an outstanding classic.

    Some other reviewers don't like the ending; I think it is perfect. However, there is a critical scene that, if missed or misunderstood, gives the film a different meaning. That scene is near the end where Vince (Cruise) says Felson (Newman) has used Vince and his girlfriend. Felson admits this is true. This is a critical explanation of the plot. Fast Eddie Felson was forced to stay out of pool rooms for many years (see the ending of The Hustler). After more than 25 years, he is searching for a pool player that might be good enough to beat Fast Eddie Felson (Minnesota Fats is no longer around). Fast Eddie Felson develops and trains Vince so Fast Eddie will have someone play against. After 25+ years, Fast Eddie is still trying to be the best, but he needs a worthy opponent. At the same time, Fast Eddie has to train and regain his own skills. At the end of the movie, even if he loses to Vince, he will keep trying to get better until he can eventually win. But, at least he has a worthy opponent. Until he discovered Vince, he knew there was probably no one he could not eventually beat.

    One other suggestion: Some reviewers complained about the sound. Try listening to the movie using a very good pair of headphones. You will be amazed at what you hear. Also, for those who might not know, the musical score was by Robbie Robertson, the leader of The Band.

    In summary, this movie is on my list of the top 5 ever made....more info

  • A subversive film
    The film is a bold comment against greed which is now not only endemic throughout the world but is thought by many to be a desirable attribute. Newman starts the film as a hard, money loving hustler who takes the talented but lost Cruise under his wings. However as the movie progresses both actors end up switching roles with Newman breaking out from the chains that money imposes on most of us. Newman manages to convince the audience of the genuineness and plausibility of this transformation. A classic scene is when Newman turns down the sexual advances of Cruise's girlfriend for fear that such a development might upset the fragile Cruise who is their ticket to wealth....more info
  • A waste.
    Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nothing in this movie. The only really dull and useless movie Scorsese has made. When I first saw this film, I thought maybe I was missing something, so I rented the Hustler, which I had not seen. And my eyes were opened. The Hustler is a finely drawn film with brilliant performances, especially from Newman, and George C. Scott, who dominates the movie. Quite simply, a sequel to The Hustler that does not include George C. Scott is like a sequel to Gone With The Wind that does not include Rhett Butler....more info
  • Money, Luck and Our Lady of the Cue Balls.
    In this movie's opening voiceover, director Martin Scorsese explains that nine-ball pool, as you've probably guessed, comes down to one basic rule: You don't win without pocketing the 9. Partially this depends on the balls' spread in the break; i.e. on luck. But, Scorsese concludes with the credo of all high-stakes hustlers from poker to pool and beyond: "For some players, luck itself is an art."

    Once, Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) mastered this art; a whiz kid out to beat champion Minnesota Fats, he had to learn some painful lessons instead. But that was 25 years ago - in 1961's "Hustler," to which "The Color of Money" is a belated sequel - and now it's "dead and buried." Now Eddie is a liquor salesman; even if he's still got the hustle down cold: just listen to him philosophizing about a bourbon's color, age and acidic content and I'll lay you any bet you'll be buying a case from him in no time at all.

    Yet, Eddie keeps hanging around pool halls, and one day the inevitable happens: He runs into Vincent (Tom Cruise), almost a reincarnation of his younger self; a guy with a sledgehammer break and an "incredible flake," as Eddie opines less than charitably, cocky beyond belief but apparently unaware of his potential, preferring to perfect his video game reflexes on the theory that this might get him into West Point, instead of focusing on his greatest and, more importantly, only financially viable area of expertise: pool. Now, if Eddie has learned one thing it's that whatever your field, it *all* comes down to money; and the guy who's got the most of it is the best. But to get there, you have to be more than just excellent at what you do: You have to be a student of psychology, learn to take advantage of others, understand when to lose is actually to win; and if you're a "natural character" like Vincent, you have to learn to "flake on and flake off" - to be yourself, but on purpose. In short, it takes the right proportion of both brains and b*lls to win big at pool. All this, Eddie is determined to teach Vince, even if it takes some support from his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to get him going. But eventually they do set out on the road, for a six-week high-intensity training in hustles and cons, with their eyes set on a high-stakes nine-ball tournament in Atlantic City at the end. And Eddie, once exploited by a ruthless promoter himself, dispenses tough love; all to drive home one crucial lesson: "Nice guys finish last;" and mercy towards *any* opponent is downright unprofessional.

    Vincent, Carmen and Eddie make an unequal trio; they collide as often and as hard as cue balls, and it's a sheer joy to see these outstanding actors go up against each other: Cruise as the cocky kid who refuses to drop his ego trips, Mastrantonio as his tough-talking girlfriend, and Newman as the seasoned pro who suddenly gets goose-bumpy again when entering a pool room (even if to his shame he finds the place now used for furniture storage), rediscovers that money won is "twice as sweet" as money earned, and at last gets hungry enough to get back into the game himself, albeit at the price of first being hustled by a kid with a dumb-fat-underdog routine (brilliantly played by Forest Whitaker). For Tom Cruise, who left a lasting impression with 1983's "Risky Business" but otherwise only had a few middling movies under his belt at this point, this was a great opportunity to show his chops opposite one of the business's all-time greats, and he was more than up to the task. (Although he shot to superstardom the same year with "Top Gun," even here virtually all of his trademark mannerisms and voice inflections - particularly when playing cocky - are already fully present.) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio earned Oscar- and Golden-Globe-nominations for her portrayal of Carmen, who clues into Eddie's "pool is business" lessons quicker than Vince and, after a first-hand education on the use of "that thing," finds ways through Vincent's cockiness where Eddie doesn't have access. Paul Newman finally netted his long-overdue Academy Award; thus belatedly making up for the undeserved pass for "The Hustler," after the Academy had summarily sugarcoated a total of seven unfulfilled nominations - and numerous award-worthy appearances that didn't even earn that kind of nod - with a lifetime achievement award the year before. (Newman accepted, but wasn't present at either ceremony.)

    What makes this movie stand out, however, is not merely its tremendous cast, from the central trio to Helen Shaver (Eddie's girlfriend Janelle), John Turturro (Julian, the "stake horse" Vincent replaces in Eddie's favor), Scorsese's dog Zoe (credited as "dog walkby"!), Iggy Pop, and several top pool players, e.g. Steve "The Miz" Mizerak, Jimmy "Pretty Boy Floyd" Mataya (together with wife Eva also technical advisor) and Keith McCready (Vincent's nemesis Grady Seasons). Moreover, nobody could have captured the pool halls' dingy allure, a trick shot's swift precision and the balls' movement over the table quite like Michael Ballhaus - there's a reason they call him "Hollywood's Eye." And then there's the score, by the "Band's" ringleader Robbie Robertson; featuring contributions from a virtual who-is-who of rock and blues's all time greatest, including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Phil Collins, Robert Palmer and Percy Sledge; pointedly framing all key scenes and doubling the edge of the cue balls' and characters' collisions alike.

    The movie's ending may appear anticlimactic, as the story seems to build up to a showdown which we never get to see. But for Eddie, it's ultimately about going up against Vince's best game - and the only thing that matters is that he's back, and there to stay for the duration this time. And no question: back he certainly is.

    Also recommended:
    The Hustler (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    The Sting (Universal Legacy Series)
    The Firm
    Maverick
    Atlantic City
    Rounders (Collector's Edition)
    Flim Flam Man...more info
  • Great Product
    The movie I bought was in fantasic shape I would buy from this shipper again....more info
  • Paul Newman teachers Tom Crusie about pool and acting
    "The Color of Money" is the movie for which Paul Newman finally won his Oscar for Best Actor in 1987, having been given an Honorary Award the year before when the Academy noticed it had passed him over for a quarter of a century. During that time Newman was nominated for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler," "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Rachel, Rachel," "Absence of Malice," and "The Verdict." If you go back and look at the other nominees each year you certainly cannot say that he was ever robbed. His best performance, in "Cool Hand Luke," lost out to Rod Steiger for "In the Heat of the Night," and was also up against Warren Beatty for "Bonnie and Clyde," Dustin Hoffman for "The Graduate," and Spencer Tracy posthumously for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Nor can you say that the Oscar for "The Color of Money" was a gift, given Newman was up against Dexter Gordon for "'Round Midnight," William Hurt in "Children of a Lesser God," Bob Hoskins for "Mona Lisa," and James Woods in "Salvador."

    I take this extended trip down memory lane because when I watched "The Color of Money" again I kept thinking more about the actors than the story and performances. Not only was I aware that this was Newman's Oscar winning-performance but I was also thinking about how this was another one of the films where Tom Cruise played second fiddle to an established actor (i.e., Hoffman in "Rain Man") and enhanced his own reputation as an actor as well as a movie star. Of course, if you want to learn about being both an actor and a mega-movie star, then who better to be your tutor and role model than Paul Newman?

    Newman is once again playing Fast Eddie Felson, whom we first met a long time ago in "The Hustler." But automatically labeling "The Color of Money" a sequel to the 1961 film is really a mistake. It might be the same actor playing the same character but he is a different person. If "The Hustler" is before, then "The Color of Money" is after, and we missed the entire during part of Eddie's life. The movie makes much more sense as another one of those where the old pro teaches the young kid how to play the game. But since this is modern times the kid gets to teach one or two things back at the old guy as well.

    Eddie has put the high-stakes pool games behind him and earns his living as a successful liquor salesman. Then one night he sees Vince (Cruise) playing pool and Eddie is intrigued. Not only is Vincent good, but he is also a complete "flake," and Eddie sees the opportunity to use this gimmick to make a killing at the pool tables where the big boys play for big money. Controlling the kid is the problem, so Eddie gets Vincent's girlfriend, Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), to help steer him in the right direction. Of course this one is going to come down to Eddie and Vincent playing against each other, which is and yet is not what happens. Unfortunately, this takes away from our pleasure in watching Eddie manipulate Vincent, because now we have to rethink everything that happened in the film.

    "The Color of Money" is also the Martin Scorsese that least seems to me to be a Martin Scorses movie. But the director certainly knows how to feature his start. The best moment in the movie comes when Fast Eddie is going to break a rack of balls for the first time in a long, long time. He bends over the table and sees his own reflection in the eight ball and then Scorsese smashes into a powerful close-up.

    Yeah, this is Paul Newman's movie. When you compare "The Color of Money" to "The Hustler" you are going to be more aware of Newman's growth as an actor than you are of the changes in the character. This is a classic acting lesson on how less is more, and I think you can tell from his own growth as an actor that Tom Cruise was either taking notes or has been watching this particular film more often than he has his blockbusters.

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  • Great movie, Poor DVD
    The movie itself is great. However, the DVD is of poor quality. It does not have any "extras" either....more info
  • The best pool movie ever!
    Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, some of the greatest actors of all time team up to play of pool. And Paul Newman takes Tom Cruise to pool tables for lots of pool tournaments. Newman won an Oscar for the betrayal of a pool shark who trains a hotshot....more info
  • One of the best
    This movie is truly a great movie. Anyone interested in Pool/billiards/9 ball than this is a movie for you. Tom Cruise is amazing in this movie and Paul Newman isnt far behind. If you haven't seen it the give it a go, you will be glad you did....more info
  • "A Great Movie"
    A classic... my brothers and I started an inadverdent ritual of watching this movie once every winter. The movie has some great scenes and some interesting characters with wonderful (I think it's flawless) acting done by the actors/actresses... I saw "The Hustler" a while back, and I thought it dragged compared to this one. I'm baffled as to why "The Color of Money" is not available in widescreen format; hope it is soon......more info
  • The Color Of Money: The coolest Scorsese flick
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Martin Scorsese is one of the best directors living today. Films like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, and his most recent The Aviator are modern day classics.

    The Color Of Money is also on the list of Scorsese's movie portfolio, and it's also one of the best movies made in general. The film stars Paul Newman (The Hustler) and Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Rain Man) as hustlers out to make big cash in the pool halls. Newman reprises his role as Fast Eddie Felson, from 1961's film The Hustler, an oldtimer who is looking for new talent to sport around, Tom Cruise plays his target Vincent, a talented pool player and potential hustler. Felson teaches Vincent and his girl sidekick Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) everything there is to know about professional hustling and then out they go across country hustling through every state they pass on their way to the big championship in Atlanta. The highlight of the film is in the tense relationship between the desperate Felson, the crazy jealous Vincent and the manipulative Carmen, and how they manage to work as a team.

    Recommended

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  • Rack 'em up!
    Paul Newman reprises his Fast Eddie Felson role from "The Hustler." This time he has a young Tom Cruise (toward the beginning of his career) as a protege. The relationship between the three main characters (Newman, Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Cruise's girlfriend) is fascinating--Cruise is an uncomplicated kid who just loves to do what he does well, while Newman and Mastrantonio are both worldy schemers who care for Cruise but are not above using him to attain their own goals. Some viewers may be disappointed by the ending; however, although the story may seem to end suddenly, the character arcs are complete....more info
  • Newman, Cruise, Scorsese.
    What most people probably don't know about this film is that it is actually a sequal to 1961's The Hustler. This is an important fact about this film. It makes the movie a much better film than if it just stands alone. Paul Newman reprises his role of pool shark "Fast" Eddie Felson, this time under the direction of Martin Scorsese, some 23 years after making The Hustler. The audience joins Felson at this point is his life too. Long gone are his days off pool huslin', now Felson is a traveling liquir salesman with a close relationship with his product. Then something happens. One night at the bar/poolhall where he frequents, Felson sees a kid(Tom Cruise) tearing up his opponents on the pool table. He is very impressed. He decides to get back in the game, this time as a manager(similar to the cahracter George C. Scott played in The Hustler). Now all he has to do is convince Cruise and his girlfriend(Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to hit the road with him. He does, and they set out. The goal being to make it to Vegas for a big money tournament. The partnership turns out to be a bust almost from the get go. Cruise, a brilliant player, can't seem to swallow his pride enough to take the dive essential for hustlin', and Eddie is not quite as good at being a teacher as he was a student. They split and Eddie decides it is time to start playing again. In one of the films best moments he gets hustled by a young Forrest Whitaker, while he is trying to hustle Whitaker. Eventually Eddie makes to Vegas where he has a showdown with Cruise in the semifinals.

    The acting, directing, and cinematography in this film easily make up for it's lack of script. Paul Newman is flawless as Fast Eddie. He took a Oscar nominated performance, aged him 23 years, and turned it into Oscar gold. He spins a whole new chapter in the life of a character he had already performed so well. Perhaps this character was not even difficult to play, but he carries the film and is definatly it's biggest attraction. Cruise is also fun to watch. An up-and-comer at this point in his career(after Risky Business, before Top Gun) he plays young and dumb with great enthusiasm. Mastrantonio received and Oscar nomination for her tough girl role. Scorsese shows us the game of pool as only he could show it to us. Addtionally unique camera and lighting shots add to the appeal of the film.

    Before seeing this film people should see The Hustler. It is a superior film to The Color of Money. However after seeing The Hustler audiences will have a whole new appriciation for The Color of Money. It becomes apparent how special Newman's evolution of Felson is, and that is rare in film....more info

  • This film has it all - an instant classic!
    It is somewhat difficult to explain why this film is so fantastic. It is magic and perhaps it is like listening to great composers like Mascagni or Verdi. It is magic when masters of art are involved. Buy it, see it and treasure it! I certainly do. Thank's Marty!

    Magnus I H Jansson...more info

  • This DVD needs EXTRAS LIKE THEY DID FOR ROUNDERS
    Simply put, I'll watch my old VHS tape of this forever. I will not buy a DVD of any mainstream movie that has no extras. GET ON IT ALREADY. Put Newman and Cruise together again for a commentary track. Assemble a handful of pros to do a featurette on it! I've seen other movies revamped two or three times with DVD extras but this one just keeps getting printed with a plain old brown wrapper. Put the Money where your mouth is!...more info
  • Damn good! (But doesn't entirely fulfill its promise)
    There's an admirable economy in the set-up. We see right away that Fast Eddie (Newman, in a reprise of his role from 1961's The Hustler) is still hustling, now off-brand liquor instead of pool, from which he retired long ago. At the same time we meet his love interest, conveniently doubling as the object of his liquor hustling, trying to break through the sales pitch to reach Eddie. We soon see cheap liquor has brought him good money, but it isn't made to appear all that glamorous or enriching in other ways. At the same time we're introduced to Vincent (Cruise) and his girlfriend/manager Carmen (Mastrantonio). The sound of Vincent's "sledgehammer break" (the break being the first shot of the cue ball into the group of nine balls) distracts Eddie from his pitch, and after observing Vincent, Eddie moves in to make a pitch of an entirely different kind. For a few minutes we're being hustled along with Vincent and Carmen. Carmen isn't really so dumb, though, and soon we wonder who will end up hustling whom.

    With Eddie as manager/teacher, the trio go on the road where Vincent is to learn to hustle as they work their way to a big score at the national pool championships. Along the way Eddie's own passions, and pride, are rekindled, and he starts to believe he should be pushing the cue stick himself. The trio splits up, to meet again at the nationals.

    Among the virtues of the first part of the film, in addition to the very tight script and editing, is that the three main characters are well balanced, each with an interesting and important kind of power and weakness. The emphasis is on psychology and character. As the film enters the final third, there is a shift to the kind of build-up to a show-down that we might have expected from the start. Mastrantonio's character becomes less important, and what replaces the earlier psychological tensions doesn't pay off as well either in terms of depth or excitement. To be sure, there is character development at the end, but some of it's pretty barely sketched. And there's plenty of excitement leading up to the climax, with some impressively edited pool sequences, but the very end is more of a whimper (almost literally, as there's some near-begging) than a bang.

    Bottom line: this is an excellent film in most respects, with fine acting from all involved, interesting ideas, intelligent dialogue, exciting sports, and a mixed pay-off. Well worth seeing and owning. The currently available DVD is nonanamorphic widescreen, meaning it has its complete original image but will have black bars on the sides on a wide-screened monitor. The image quality is good; the stereo sound was a bit jarring at first (to me) but quickly became enjoyable in its brightness and fulness. Good music from Robbie Robertson and others.

    Some notes. A number of reviewers complain of Cruise's acting, and he often divides audiences in that regard. I think he was a natural for the role, and filled it very well. (I also thought he had the more difficult role in Rain Man, and was every bit as good as Hoffman, maybe better.)

    The film avoids almost completely the truly dark side of gambling/hustling, to the point that Eddie openly hands Vincent an envelope clearly stuffed with money at a key point in a way that would have led to investigations, broken kneecaps or worse in real life. Vincent's hustle that led up to this didn't make much sense to me, given the other options available, and not letting Eddie in on it made more sense as a way to heighten the drama than as a rational decision.

    The film doesn't draw attention to the different moral/sporting issues involved in different kinds of hustles. Some hustles are used only to build up the bets, but sporting skill is still relied on to get the pay-off. There seems a big difference between that and actually winning money by throwing a game, especially in a major tournament where others rely on everyone bringing their best.

    That Eddie had to repeatedly ask a certain character if he was a hustler rang false to me, as the excellent actor who played the character was making it clear to us he was hustling. More subtle direction would have helped make the scene more believable.

    About the ending, lack of resolution or open-endedness isn't a problem for me, but it just didn't fit the build-up. Another reel fleshing out the end with material as good as the first part of the film would have made this film great.

    I'm among those who would love to see a sequel in Cruise's later years where he passes on the legacy to another hot newcomer....more info
  • wow
    This film is great right from the start. Paul Newman plays a whisky selling bar owner who was once a great pool player. Early in the movie he notices Vincent (Cruise) beating a local pool hustler at his own game. With this Newman decides to take Vicent and his girl friend out on the professional billiards circuit. Full of many great trick pool shots as well as a lot of colorfull trash-talking hustlers this movie is impressive. Dealing a lot with self-confidence and self-control, The Color of Money really makes your think....more info
  • my favorite movie of all time
    This is my favorite movie ever (chased closely by Apocalypse Now). I have watched it dozens of times, and i never seem to get sick of it. I am an avid pool player, but you don't have to be one yourself to appreciate this masterpiece, which IMO rivals anything else Scorsese has done in his long distinguished career. The whole movie exudes style from start to finish, and Paul Newman is quite simply the epitome of cool. His performance is intense and laid-back at the same time, and he never over-acts (the most widespread chronic disease in Hollywood). Cruise is great as the young cocky upstart, Mastrantonio does an admirable job as his tough girlfriend, and the movie is sprinkled with a whole host of really great supporting performances, including one by Forrest Whitaker as the hustler who out-hustles the master, and a great (quick) one by Iggy Pop of all people in a barroom scene. The movie flows and is filled with energy, the cinematography is spectacular (in particular in a scene where the camera follows closely behind the pool balls as they scatter all over the table). Newman is as classy as he's ever been, and was wholly deserving of the Oscar for this performance. The plot is riveting, and takes us from ex-legend Fast Eddie Felson's discovery of a new prodigy (Cruise's character Vincent) through Vincent's initiation into the Art of Hustling and a whirlwind tour of east coast bars and poolhalls, all the way through to the stirring conclusion as the Master battles the Student in a winner-take-all final game of 9 ball. Perhaps my favorite scene is when, in the midst of an ongoing moral dilemma, Eddie looks down to take his shot and sees his reflection in the 8-ball. He pauses, then straightens up, unscrews his cue and forfeits the match, unable to face himself. The movie is funny, highly dramatic and inspiring all at the same time, and Martin Scorsese gives it his usual tough, no-frills, occasionally violent personal stamp to make it one of the most watchable pieces of cinema you will see in a long time. Maybe I'm biased since I grew up in New Jersey (near NYC), but I don't think so. The movie is a lot of fun, has a whole slew of fabulous performances, and is a must-see......more info
  • Great Product
    The movie I bought was in fantasic shape I would buy from this shipper again....more info
  • Slow, mediocre film.
    After reading all the hype about "Color of Money" I decided I simply must see this "great" movie... I was greatly dissapointed.

    The movie starts slow, continues at a crawling pace, and then limps across the finish line. The script is terrible with absolutely no meat to the plot. The only good parts of the film were the trick shots by some of the hustlers.

    Don't waste your time with "Color of Money."...more info

  • Not Marty's Best ... But So What?
    This is far from Scorsese's most penetrating or heartfelt work, but so what? It's still quite entertaining. The movie features a stellar turn by Paul Newman (who justifiably picked up an Oscar for his sterling work here) as "Fast Eddie" Felson, who sees a huge opportunity in Vincent (Tom Cruise), a young pool hotshot Fast Eddie thinks could be the key to a new hustle. The acting here is all top-notch, though, from Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio all the way through to a great cameo from Forrest Whitaker. The DVD really looks great and brings out the finesse of Thelma Schoonmaker's superb editing, and the settings and dialogue here ring so true you can almost smell the cigarette smoke in the pool halls they frequent....more info
  • This DVD is as good as a 9 ball snap on the break!
    Okay take away the great stars, great story, great sets, great music, and great acting, and your still left with some of the best trick shots I have ever seen.

    Newman is flawless in this film and being a pool player myself, I could relate to his slump that he was going though. I found his preformance brilliant thoughout the film.
    Tom Cruise plays the cocky student who plays pool better than his teacher (Newman), while being backed by Newman's cash he must learn that the art of hustlng does not mean you win all the time. Cruise being a cocky and brash kid loves the bragging rights associated with winning so learning to dump is not something he likes doing. Cruise's preformance was great as well. In the begining of the film he makes small change at pool, but by the end he is hustling some of the world's finest players for major cash. His attitude change from start to end is well done.
    The movie comes together well and the script is terrific. The DVD version of the film comes together nicely with Digital sound and crisp images. However don't look for much in the way of extras on the DVD.

    *Personally I like that the end did not show the game between Fast eddie and Vincent, it leaves a lot to the imagination. Remember the movie was about Fast Eddie getting back what he lost, and the cockiness of being great from Vincent, not about which was the better player.*...more info

  • Eddie didn't learn his lesson
    This very fine movie, imho, is about the undying conflict between glory and profit. The normal smart guy goes for the percentage; only the dumb wannabes go for glory; and only the few, the very few, achieve it. Ninety-nine percent never get close. So what is life about? A retirement home in the Bahamas? Growing old gracefully? Knowing when you're beaten? Could be. That was the lesson Eddie was taught in The Hustler, and that is the lesson he teaches Vince. But he doesn't seem to have learned it himself. The bubble reputation in the cannon's mouth, is the way Shakespeare put it....more info
  • It was a great movie about pool.
    It was a great movie about pool. Paul Newmen and Tom Cruise were very good in this movie....more info
  • A great sequel
    A sequel of sorts of Newman's 1960 THE HUSTLER, and a great one. Newman, long out of the pool game now, but still unable to forget it, finds Tom Cruise shooting the daylights out of the game one night and talks the brash young kid into going on the road and becoming a hustler, with Newman as his mentor. Then halfway through the picture Newman gets the bug to play again. He and Cruise meet up in Atlantic City in a match and Newman wins, only he learns that Cruise lost on purpose to collect a bigger debt. Although it's just an example of his pupil learning his lessons too well, Newman is crestfallen; but he refuses to share in the money - thus he's purified under fire and comes away clean. It's a bit of a shock to see the movie shift from Cruise to Newman halfway through, but the ending redeems it. Both Cruise and Newman are simply mesmorizing to watch. Everything in the movie seems to work perfectly: the gritty pool-hall settings, the minor characters (especially Forest Whitaker as a hustler) - everything. Definitely worth a watch....more info