The Color of Money

THE COLOR OF MONEY (15)
D: Martin Scorsese
Touchstone (Irving Axelrod & Barbara de Fina)
USA 🇺🇸 1986
119 mins
 
Drama/Sports
 
W: Richard Price [based on the novel by Walter Tevis]
DP: Michael Ballhaus
Ed: Thelma Schoonmaker
Mus: Robbie Robertson
PD: Boris Leven
 
Paul Newman ('Fast' Eddie Felson), Tom Cruise (Vincent Lauria), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Carmen), Helen Shaver (Janelle), John Turturro (Julian), Bill Cobbs (Orvis), Keith McCready (Grady Seasons)
 
Twenty-five years after the events in 'The Hustler', Fast Eddie Felson returns to the pool rooms where he used to ply his trade, this time with young protégé Vincent (Cruise), a cocky but talented player who Eddie hopes to lead to victory at an upcoming tournament in Atlantic City.
The two don't see eye-to-eye though, parting ways before Felson comes out of retirement to participate in the tournament himself.
A stylish sequel which references the original film without detracting from it or being a carbon copy. It's also very possible to enjoy this even if you've not seen the original film. 
All the performances are excellent, as is the soundtrack of contemporary songs and classic blues hits.
Not many sequels come this close to matching the quality of the original. This is amongst them.
8/10
  
Tom Cruise & Paul Newman in The Color of Money
Tom Cruise & Paul Newman in The Color of Money