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The Color of Money (1986), Another Great Masterpiece From Scorcese

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In The Color of Money (1986), the director Martin Scorsese brings all the main cast, including Paul Newman’s excellence talent with a crack as resounding as a 9-ball thunder break.

Pitting Fast Eddie (Paul Newman) against Vince Lauria (Tom Cruise), a strutting, unbeatable natural who does together with his stick–his style is sort of Kung Fu Cue–Scorsese goes beyond the overall game of pool.

The movie went across the question of generations, into a concern of character and redemption, deception and clarity.

The Cast

Though it’s virtually impossible to glance at anyone else when Newman commands a scene, and although each man is exploring his character at completely different depths.

Cruise is at least ready to extend himself. He gives the sense of a young actor that is attempting to grow. Add the edgy, indolent Mastrantonio and you have an electrifying unholy trio.

The result is a movie with a bold, exhilarating, nearly perfect dramatic comedy. That belongs in Great Paul Newman performances, and it won’t disappoint Tom Cruise fans, either.


The movie depict Fast Eddie Felson, at the wheel of his block-long Cadillac, may be the liquor salesman almost certainly to possess a female at every bar with a faint smile and the taste of sippin’ whiskey on her lips.

Currently, blonde bar owner Helen Shaver (Desert Hearts) seems to really have the inside track–as much as any woman can. It takes a lot to get Eddie’s undivided attention.

But his head snaps around in a pool hall and bars one night, as he watches Carmen, (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) a hardcore beauty that is young managing Vince, an avowed wacko-genius of pool.

Eddie has long since declared himself out of the game, but he keeps his hand in by bankrolling players–for some percentages of the winnings. Smelling something (easy money), the old lion prowls up to take a detailed glance at the cub that is young.

Eddie then takes Vince on with an eye fixed to keeping his talent under wraps until a national tournament, then clearing up.

The Color of Money (1986)

The Color of Money is a great movie, but maybe not a good sequel to The Hustler. Scorsese manages to provide us with a character so different from the one found in Robert Rossen’s 1961 classic. However, the screenplays is under the shadow of The Hustler. Which is ultimately a better and more compelling movie.

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The colour of Money may lack the dead-ahead purity of “The Hustler” pivotal scene. Also it may not give us with all the life-changing thunderclap, so it does to Eddie. Nevertheless the film is quick, keen, astonishing-looking and full of the joys in addition to juices of acting and movie making.


Another Masterpiece From Scorcese

Then, as we’re approaching the end, a showdown between the two men, probably much too cliched for the director’s sensibility. Scorsese breaks the momentum, scattering his three principals and shifting his focus to Eddie’s jolting crisis of conscience.

It’s not impossible, just unsettling and imperfectly set up. Suddenly, our anti-hero that is raffish turns and must find his almost entirely lost honor. With one shot, Newman’s body diving into an aquamarine swimming pool (cleansing? invigorating?).

The story turns and falters slightly.

Ending Scene

At the final tournament, Scorsese even gives us a visual pun, as if to heighten his pool metaphor. An unforgettable overhead shot down at 40 pool tables, all of them appearing like just a little glowing swimming pool, ready because of its player to dive in.

The final scene is, however, when you look at the pocket for the pro that is old that is still feel like old school. In Fast Eddie’s own words…

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

– Fast Eddie Nelson

This hesitation due to the fact film results in the final line may well not bother many individuals. There clearly was energy and inventiveness enough here to stamp it among the year’s most interesting films.

The movie is truly some piece of quality content.

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