The Color Of Money (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1986.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Irving Axelrad, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The Hustler‘s “Fast” Eddie Felson () is now older and not much into the game of pool, but has the fire of inspiration ignited in him when he sees a young kid named Vincent () play the game like the genius he used to be. Taking him under his wing, Felson coaches Vincent on how to be a hustler and make a living off the game, but it isn’t long before the young man’s snotty self-confidence get in the way. Thankfully, Vincent’s lovely girlfriend (, in her first notable performance) is around to keep things from getting out of hand, but in the end it’s all between these two men and their conflicting interplay. Beautifully shot in smoky pool halls and low-lit bars, this Martin Scorsese film is a great character study and marvelous opportunity for the magnificent Newman to show off his dexterous skill as an actor.

Academy Award:  Best Actor (Paul Newman)
Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Art Direction

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actor-Drama (Paul Newman); Best Supporting Actress (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)

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