It is always interesting to read a book that has since become a movie. The reason I read — especially these days — is for inspiration, for motivation and to feel kinship with the characters. He looks up, has little left and certainly has paid little respect to his own talents. Pool — absolutely — is a talent, but his lie more deeply: understanding people, winning money and aging well. The people are different but the theme is the same: at any age, at any time, we can be presented opportunities to shine.
The Color of Money is a American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price , based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. It features an original score by Robbie Robertson. Newman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, his first Oscar win after eight nominations, seven of them for Best Actor. The film continues the story of pool hustler and stakehorse Edward "Fast Eddie" Felson from Tevis' first novel, The Hustler , with Newman reprising his role from the film adaptation. It begins more than 25 years after the events of the previous film, with Eddie retired from the pool circuit. Although Tevis did author a screenplay, adapting the storyline from his novel, the filmmakers decided not to use it, instead crafting an entirely different story under Tevis' title. The Color of Money was released by Touchstone Pictures.
After the critical and financial success of Raging Bull in , Scorsese failed to recapture that glory with his follow-ups The King of Comedy and After Hours. Tevis wrote a sequel and with that in hand Newman went to Scorsese with an offer to direct. Scorsese, looking to prove to the studios he could make a film by their rules on-time and under budget took on the project. And boy does that explain a lot. Outside of illustrating how boring Scorsese can be with a camera, The Color of Money is a bloated vanity project whose only merits are found in Paul Newman — who got an honorary apology Oscar for it — and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
The Color of Money is a good movie, but perhaps not a good sequel. In revisiting the shady, obsessive world of former pool shark Fast Eddie Felson Paul Newman , Martin Scorsese provides us with a character so different from the one found in Robert Rossen's classic, The Hustler , that it might be another person. The film works as the study of an apprentice who outgrows the teacher and of a middle-aged man gripped by the compulsion of his youth, but it's less successful as an opportunity to catch up with Fast Eddie 25 years later.