The Color Of Money

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The Color Of Money

The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, and John Turturro. Newman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. The film featured an original score by Robbie Robertson.

The film continues the story of pool hustler and stakehorse Edward "Fast Eddie" Felson from Tevis' first novel, The Hustler (1959), with Newman reprising his role from its film adaptation (1961). The film begins at a point more than 20 years after the events of the previous film, with Eddie retired from the pool circuit. Although Tevis did author a screenplay for the film, the filmmakers decided not to use it, instead crafting a new one.

Film summary

The Color of Money
Directed byMartin Scorsese
Produced byIrving Axelrad
Barbara De Fina
Screenplay byRichard Price
Based onThe Color of Money 
by Walter Tevis
StarringPaul Newman
Tom Cruise
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Music byRobbie Robertson
CinematographyMichael Ballhaus
Editing byThelma Schoonmaker
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners II
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date(s)
  • October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17)
Running time120 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$13.8 million
Box office$52,293,982

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