The Color of Money(Martin Scorsese) 1986 **** 2/21/2016

Fast Eddie(Paul Newman) is played to perfection, as he plays to perfection trying for pool perfection.  An old pool shark, now a whiskey salesman, he spots flaky cue-king Vince(Tom Cruise) at his local watering hole and decides to stake him out on the road and show him how to really make money in preparation for a tournament in Atlantic City.  Newman really is great, suave, gone to seed but still well-preserved.  There’s some dynamic, kinetic shots of pool-playing, capturing the noise and explosiveness of it like Scorsese did with boxing in “Raging Bull.”  The trajectory of the movie moves away from the dramatic showdown, much to my surprise and pleasure.

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