The Color of Money

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Color of Money (Touchstone Movie)

“The Color of Money” is a compelling sports drama film released in 1986, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The movie is a sequel to the 1961 film “The Hustler,” with both films featuring the iconic character “Fast” Eddie Felson, played by Paul Newman.

Set twenty-five years after the events of “The Hustler,” “The Color of Money” finds Eddie Felson as a seasoned and retired pool hustler, now running a liquor business. He encounters Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise), a talented but raw young pool player with untapped potential. Intrigued by Vincent’s talent, Eddie sees an opportunity to mentor the young protégé and return to the world of high-stakes pool hustling.

Eddie convinces Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to hit the road with him, embarking on a cross-country journey to enter various pool tournaments and stake their claim in the world of professional pool playing. As they travel from one pool hall to another, the film offers a fascinating insight into the subculture of underground pool hustling and the passionate individuals who dominate this world.

“The Color of Money” delves into themes of mentorship, competition, and the pursuit of excellence. It explores the psychological aspects of the game, delving into the minds of both the seasoned veteran, Eddie Felson, and the young, brash Vincent Lauria. Throughout the film, Eddie grapples with his past, attempting to pass on his wisdom and experiences to the next generation of hustlers.

Paul Newman delivers a tour-de-force performance as “Fast” Eddie Felson, reprising his role from the original film and infusing the character with a mix of wisdom, charisma, and vulnerability. Tom Cruise showcases his talent as Vincent Lauria, capturing the character’s intensity and ambition.

Martin Scorsese’s direction adds a gritty and atmospheric feel to the film, creating an authentic and immersive portrayal of the world of pool hustling. The movie’s soundtrack, featuring the iconic score by Robbie Robertson, further enhances the film’s ambiance.

“The Color of Money” stands as a powerful and engaging drama that pays homage to its predecessor while standing on its own as a compelling story of redemption, ambition, and the never-ending pursuit of excellence. It remains a beloved touchstone in the sports drama genre, celebrated for its outstanding performances, stylish direction, and profound exploration of the complexities of human relationships and competition.

Additional Details


  • Paul Newman: Fast Eddie Felson
  • Tom Cruise: Vincent Lauria
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio: Carmen
  • Helen Shaver: Janelle
  • John Turturro: Julian
  • Bill Cobbs: Orvis
  • Forest Whitaker: Amos


  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Producers: Irving Axelrad and Barbara De Fina
  • Screenplay: Richard Price

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