The Color of money is the Sequel to a film called "The Hustler" (1961) which was nominated for 8 academy awards and starred a young Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson and the late, great Jackie Gleason as the legendary pool shark Minnesota Fats. Other notable names in the film are Piper Laurie and George C. Scott. In "The Color of Money", Eddie makes reference to the The Hustler by saying that "someone retired him a long time ago from pool".
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The owner of Chalkies pool hall in "The Color of Money" is the same character who, in "The Hustler", cleans up the tables after Minnesota Fats and Eddie play. The character is also played by the same actor.
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makes a cameo appearance in one of the dingy pool halls, first winning, but then, in classic hustler fashion, being taken to the cleaners and having to hand all the money back.
Believe it or not, but "The Color Of Money" was Paul Newman's first Oscar win as Best Actor.
Walter Tevis also wrote cult sci-fi novel 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'
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.
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That is scriptwriter Richard Price doing a cameo as the man who calls Dud.
In a turning-point scene, look for another accomplished hustler, Amos, played by another accomplished actor who won an Oscar later, Forrest Whittaker, to take Fast Eddie/Paul Newman for all he's worth.
I'm a fan of both, so it kind of hurt to watch. :-)
Directors Cameo (Martin Scorsese): In the Atlantic City casino, the man walking a dog on a leash. The dog is Scorsese's dog Zoe. Zoe is credited in the closing credits as "Dog Walkby."
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"The Color Of Money" was produced by Touchstone Pictures, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Even in a gritty movie like this, Disney synergy is still at work in one scene. In the beginning of the movie, look in the background. You'll see an arcade game tied into the movie "TRON", released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1982.
is clocking an arcade stock car racing game in the movie: Cruise is also a race enthusiast in real life.
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John Carmack of id Software admits that the world-famous game DOOM (1993) got its name from Tom Cruise's answer on what he carries in his cue-case: "Doom."