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The Color of Money

Released 1986
Distributor Buena Vista Pictures

Martin Scorsese’s 10th feature (discounting documentaries) doesn’t get much love, as it tends to be compared unfavorably to its progenitor, Robert Rossen’s 1961 classic The Hustler. Paul Newman won the Oscar that eluded him the first time he played “Fast Eddie” Felson, the now-aging hotshot who’s lured back to the pool room by costar Tom Cruise. Great use of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”.

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About Rod Lurie

After a career in the military, Rod Lurie went on to become an entertainment reporter and prominent film critic. After making his segue into filmmaking with his award winning short, Four Second Delay, his first major film was 2000′s The Contender, which he wrote and directed, and starred Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. He went on to direct The Last Castle with Robert Redford; Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett;  the political thriller Nothing But the Truth starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, and Alan Alda; and the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs.  He is currently developing the tv series Monsters of God with Plan B and Starz Media.