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The Color of Money Sucks. The Color of Money is a 1986 American 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 in supporting roles. It features an original score by Robbie Robertson.

Back in October 1986, Gene Siskel wrote a review for CHICAGO TRIBUNE about The Color of Money: Our Flick of the Week is Martin Scorsese`s eagerly awaited The Color of Money, a continuation of The Hustler (1961), the classic poolroom saga about a drifter who has to be put through the wringer and a personal crisis before he can rid his loser tag and become a self-respecting winner. Paul Newman repeats his role as Fast Eddie Felson, a former pool hustler who is now making money with a liquor distribution scam. But Felson returns to the hustling pool after he spots a raw young talent in the form of Tom Cruise, who has all the right moves but none of the guile of the hustler. The premise might sound interesting, but the plotting is so utterly predictable--as Newman and Cruise quarrel and makeup, and quarrel and have problems with their respective girlfriends--that The Color of Money turns into a pool-room variation of The Karate Kid. The problem may be that Scorsese, arguably America`s most gifted and gritty director, is working from a script not written by one of his veteran collaborators, and so the grit is gone. All of the performances are fine. Newman is particularly effective, but he is forced to run a familiar treadmill. And so The Color of Money joins Heartburn as one of the biggest disappointments of 1986. Both films should have been so much better, considering the talents involved.

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