Jun 04

Film review – The Color of Money (1986)

Film review – The Color of Money (1986)

The Color of Money

Rating: 8/10

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

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Review: Film review – The Color of Money (1986) – Paul Newman reprises his role as Fast Eddie Felson in this pool based film. Felson used to be a pool player but is now retired and alongside being a whisky salesman, stakes other pool players. Tom Cruise plays Vincent Lauria an innocent who plays Felsons current protege Julian (played by John Turturro) and quickly beats him. Felson sees how good he is and talks to Vincents girlfriend Carmen (played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) persuading her that all three of them should go on the road.

The film follows their journey on the road to a big pool tournament in Atlantic City. Along the way Eddie and Carmen teach Vincent how to hustle for money. In the beginning its hard work as Vincent is innocent and not able to adjust but slowly Felson and Carmen get through to him. Unfortunately just as they are set Eddie plays pool himself and gets hustled by Amos (played by Forest Whitaker). This upsets him and an argument ensues which results in Vincent and Carmen going on their own while Fast Eddie decides to get his game together and become a player again. All this leads to a big showdown in Atlantic City.

Martin Scorsese successfully generates that pool hall atmosphere so pervasive in the original film. The plot is a little tamer though, but still, overall, entertaining with good performances from all three of the main leads.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Color_of_Money

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090863/

Amazon: Buy it