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The Color of Money Details


Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in [[Feature~V23961~The Hustler~thehustler]], [[Performer~P104390~Paul Newman~paulnewman]] won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of [[Feature~V23961~The Hustler~thehustler]], Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable [[Performer~P110557~George C. Scott~georgecscott]] was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young [[Performer~P86295~Tom Cruise~tomcruise]], who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl friend [[Performer~P46334~Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio~maryelizabethmastrantonio]]. [[Performer~P86295~Cruise~tomcruise]] learns not only the refinements of the game, but also the dirty trickery that will help him lure in the suckers. As [[Performer~P86295~Cruise~tomcruise]] becomes successful on these terms, Felson seethes with jealousy, hitting the bottle and carelessly allowing himself to fall victim to another hustler. He tells [[Performer~P86295~Cruise~tomcruise]] to get lost, and vows to make an honest comeback. It is inevitable from this point onward that the younger and the older player will square off in a game for the biggest stakes of all: Fast Eddie Felson's self-respect. Both the original [[Feature~V23961~Hustler~thehustler]] and The Color of Money were based on novels by Walter Tevis. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 1986


Awarded by
National Board of Review Paul Newman Best Actor 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Actor 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Boris Leven Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Best Supporting Actress 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Price Best Adapted Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Karen O'Hara Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee


Paul Newman
as Eddie Felson
Tom Cruise
as Vincent Lauria
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
as Carmen
Helen Shaver
as Janelle
John Turturro
as Julian
Bill Cobbs
as Orvis
Robert Agins
as Earl at Chalkies
Keith McCready
as Grady Seasons
Carol Messing
as Julian's Flirt
Steve Mizerak
as Duke, Eddie's 1st Opponent
Bruce A. Young
as Moselle
Elizabeth Bracco
as Diane at Bar
Lawrence Linn
as Congratulating Spectator
Juan Ramirez
as 2nd Latin Guy
Paul Geier
as Two Brothers/Stranger Player
Andy Nolfo
as 2nd Referee
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Lou in Child World
Forest Whitaker
as Amos
Randall Arney
as 1st Child World Customer
Peter Saxe
as Casino Bar Band Member
Charles Scorsese
as First High Roller
Mario Nieves
as 3rd Latin Guy
Wanda Christine
as Casino Clerk
Miguel Nino
as 1st Latin Guy
Iggy Pop
as Skinny Player on the Road
Jim Widlowski
as Casino Bar Band Member
Ron Dean
as Guy in Crowd
Alex Ross
as Bartender Who Bets
Jimmy Mataya
as Julian's Friend in Green Room
Ernest Perry, Jr.
as Eye Doctor
Gretchen Rennell
Carey Goldenberg
as Congratulating Spectator
Fred Squillo
as High Roller
Alvin Anastasia
as Kennedy
Paul Herman
as Player in Casino Bar
Michael Nash
as Moselle's Opponent
Richard Price
as Guy Who Calls Dud
Lisa Dodson
as 2nd Child World Customer
Jerry Piller
as Tom
Joe Guastaferro
as Chuck the Bartender


Martin Scorsese
Barbara de Fina
Irving Axelrad
Martin Scorsese
Richard Price
Walter Tevis
Book Author
Michael Ballhaus
Robbie Robertson
Composer (Music Score)
Glenn Williams
Musical Direction/Supervision
Thelma Schoonmaker
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Dodie Foster
Associate Producer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Richard Bruno
Costume Designer
Curtiss Smith
Special Effects
Rick LeFevour
Monty Westmore