The Color of Money Review
The Color of Money
17 Oct 1986
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Doom video Game
At the time that this movie was in release, the creators of an up-and-coming software company were looking for a name for their revolutionary new video game. They got it from the scene in which Tom Cruise walks into the pool hall and is asked what’s in the case that he’s carrying. His answer: Doom.
“Try NOT to be funny.”
Paul Newman says the best advice director Martin Scorsese gave him, especially in humorous scenes, was: “Try NOT to be funny.”
Best Actor Oscar
When Paul Newman won the Best Actor Oscar for this picture, he and wife Joanne Woodward became the first married couple to win his and hers Oscars since Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Newman’s win also came after he had already received an Honorary Oscar Statuette the previous year. The win was widely considered based on this.sentimentality and guilt that one of Hollywood’s leading male actors had never won.
Martin Scorsese has said he mainly did this at the insistence of star Paul Newman and to prove that he could make a mainstream “studio picture” that would be finished on time and under budget. He felt that, despite his minimal input, that it was not a personal picture and he was more or less a “hired gun”
In new direction
In the novel that the film is based on, Fast Eddie plays in a tournament against Minnesota Fats, who was played by Jackie Gleason in The Hustler (1961). But Martin Scorsese wanted to take the film in another direction. Paul Newman and Gleason wanted Fats to return in the sequel so the character was written into a new draft of the script. But Gleason felt that the character did not fit into the new story and declined to reprise the role.
The film apparently causing a popularized of the pastimes of pool playing and billiards
When The Hustler (1961) first came out, there was an increase in the sales of pool tables around 1961, the film apparently causing a popularizing of the pastimes of pool playing and billiards. When this sequel was first released, a similar phenomenon occurred, trade paper ‘Variety’ reporting, “…sales of pool tables and billiards-related supplies have leaped dramatically since the October release of The Color of Money (1986).”
Author of the novel
An earlier screenplay was written by Walter Tevis, author of the novels “The Hustler” and “The Color of Money”. But Martin Scorsese was not interested in doing a literal sequel to The Hustler (1961) and worked out a new story with Newman and Richard Price.
After the last shot…
of the Newman – Cruise game at the tournament, Paul Newman kept all the people in the stands that were extras in the shot. A few minutes later, a stack of Budweiser beer cases came in and was shared. Budweiser was Paul Newman’s sponsor for his Newman-Haas racing team.
At one point in the film, Eddie comments that it has been “25 years” since he last played. In real life, it had been 25 years (1961 – 1986) since The Hustler (1961), where Newman had first played Fast Eddie.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Scorsese gets you inside the game in a way most sports movies never hint at.(Click here to see)