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.


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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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