The hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who is.
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.
ActorsStarring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, Robert Agins, Alvin Anastasia, Randall Arney, Elizabeth Bracco, Vito D'Ambrosio, Ron Dean, Lisa Dodson, Donald A. Feeney, Paul Geier, Carey Goldenberg, Joe Guastaferro, Paul Herman, Mark Jarvis, Lawrence Linn, Keith McCready, Jimmy Mataya, Grady Mathews, Carol Messing, Steve Mizerak, Rick Mohr, Lloyd Moss, Michael Nash, Mario Nieves, Miguel Nino, Andy Nolfo, Ernest Perry Jr., Jerry Piller, Iggy Pop, Richard Price, Juan Ramírez, Alex Ross, Peter Saxe, Charles Scorsese, Rodrick Selby, Christina Sigel, Harold L. Simonsen, Fred Squillo, Brian Sunina, Wanda Christine, Forest Whitaker, Jim Widlowski, Bruce A. Young, Zoë
There are three things that make this movie stand out.
1. Newman and Cruise
2. Martin Scorsese
3. a SEQUEL to the HUSTLER!!!!
Coming from a huge fan of ‘The Hustler’, I have to say that I was not expecting these two to mesh as well as they did and how bright the screen hurt my eyes to the point where I had to wear shades watching these two light up the screen. Martin Scorsese, the man, the myth, the legend directs this one of a kind sequel to the hit 1961 drama. Tom Cruise delivers as Vincent Lauria and Paul Newman returns as Fast Eddie.
Based in New York, Felson (Newman) comes across a hot shot rookie pool hustler Vincent (Cruise) and makes a deal to become his manager to hustle pool sharks for extra cash. Felson a now retired pool hustler teaches Vincent the ropes of how he made it big back in his day. The Color of Money delivers and fits nicely next to its original predecessor. Everything was so poised about this film that Newman continued to be his hard gritted character while the melodramatic Cruise stayed true to its character as a non trustworthy student. Lessons were taught as these two grew on each other throughout the film and it really showed the true nature of what Newman wanted for so long. No spoilers to be thrown out in this review and I will leave it up to you to watch it and figure it out.
Overall I couldn’t be any happier for this film and the fact that this film left me completely satisfied to complement an already amazing film, priceless. Scorsese proves why he is a top of the line director in this business and Newman is class A actor, while a raw Cruise in the early stages of his career is a proven talent. The duo couldn’t have been any better. Fast Eddie still lives on!