The Color of Money

Touchstone Pictures Released 1986




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Martin Scorsese

The Color of Money is a drama about the relationship between a legendary pool hustler and his arrogant protege. In the film, Fast Eddie Felson has retired from hustling pool to become a liquor salesman. One day at a pool hall, he sees a young man named Vincent Lauri hustling a group of amateurs. Longing to get back into the action and fascinated by Vincent's talent, Fast Eddie offers to take him under his wing and teach him how to become a true pool player. Complicating matters, Vincent's girlfriend, Carmen, develops feelings for Fast Eddie as he tutors Vincent. Eventually, the two men go their separate ways after a series of explosive arguments. Fast Eddie starts hustling pool again, and eventually he and Vincent are reunited over a game of pool. The Color of Money shows us that sometimes the winner of a pool game isn't necessarily the man who makes the final shot.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    It may be true that in gambling money won is twice as sweet as money earned, but inart, only the earned has savor; The Color of Money earns enough of it to turn most other movies p...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Color of Money plays better when not under the shadow of The Hustler, which is ultimately a better and more compelling tale.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Many of the scenes in this movie are almost formula, despite the energy of Scorsese's direction and the good performances. They come in the same places we would expect them to come...

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    • Production Budget - $13,800,000
      Domestic Gross - $52,293,982 (12th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $115,018,570

    • Other production companies:
      Silver Screen Partners II

    • Filming locations include:
      Atlantic City, New Jersey
      Chicago, Illinois
      Highland Park, Illinois

    • Tagline:
      The hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who is.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Actor - Paul Newman

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actress - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (won by Dianne Wiest for Hannah and Her Sisters
      2. Art Direction
      3. Adapted Screenplay

    • Music:
      Strangers In The Night

      Words by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder
      Music by Bert Kaempfert
      I'll Never Smile Again
      Written by Ruth Lowe
      Anema e core
      Italian Lyrics by Tito Manlio
      English Lyrics by Mann Curtis and Harry Akst
      Music by Salve D'Esposito
      The Day The Rains Came
      French Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
      English Lyrics by Carl Sigman
      Music by Gilbert Bécaud
      The Girl From Ipanema
      English Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
      Portuguese Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
      Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
      I'll Remember April
      Written by Don Raye, Gene de Paul and Pat Johnston
      Performed by Charlie Parker
      Feel Like Going Home
      Written by Scott Kempner
      Performed by The Del Lords
      Va! pensiero
      from opera "Nabucco"
      Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
      Walk On The Wild Side
      Words by Mack David
      Music by Elmer Bernstein
      Performed by Jimmy Smith
      Still A Fool
      Written and Performed by Muddy Waters
      My Baby's In Love With Another Guy
      Written by Lawrence Lucie and Herman Brightman
      Performed by Robert Palmer
      She's Fine - She's Mine
      Written and Performed by Bo Diddley
      It's My Life Baby
      Written by Don D. Robey and Fats Washington
      Performed by Eric Clapton and The Big Town Playboys
      Who Owns This Place?
      Written by Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar and JD Souther
      Performed by Don Henley
      Let Yourself In For It
      Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
      It's In The Way That You Use It
      Words by Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson
      Music by Eric Clapton
      Performed by Eric Clapton
      Two Brothers And A Stranger
      Written and Performed by Mark Knopfler
      Don't Tell Me Nothin'
      Written by Willie Dixon and Robbie Robertson
      Performed by Willie Dixon
      Standing On The Edge
      Written by Jerry Lynn Williams
      Performed by B.B. King
      One More Night
      Written and Performed by Phil Collins
      Still The Night
      Written by Sammy Llanas, Kurt Neumann and Guy Hoffman
      Performed by BoDeans
      Werewolves of London
      Written by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon
      Performed by Warren Zevon
      Out Of Left Field
      Written by Carl Oldham and Dan Penn
      Performed by Percy Sledge


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