The color of money

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German title The color of money
Original title The Color of Money
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1986
length 115 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Martin Scorsese
script Richard Price
production Irving Axelrad ,
Barbara De Fina
music Robbie Robertson
camera Michael Ballhaus
cut Thelma Schoonmaker

←  Predecessor
Sharks of the Big City

The color of money (original title: The Color of Money ) is a film from 1986 by Martin Scorsese based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis from 1984.


Former professional pool player Fast Eddie Felson , who now makes his living as a liquor dealer, is in a relationship with the bartender Janelle. After a gangster forbade him to gamble for money around twenty years ago, he works in Janelle's bar as the manager of the pool player and gambler Julian. By chance he discovered Vincent Lauria, a talented billiards player . This is hardly aware of his talent and has no idea of ​​sophisticated gambling. Eddie recognizes himself as a young man in Vincent and persuades him to take part in the billiards championship in Atlantic City . Before that, Vincent, his girlfriend Carmen and Eddie go through billiard halls in different cities and gamble off other players: Vincent initially deliberately loses money against the other players, then increases his stake and then wins. Eddie masterfully instructs Vincent in the art of bluffing.

Since Vincent is a hot spur, it is often difficult for him to pretend. During his time with Vincent, Eddie rediscovers his passion for the game and decides to train again. The different views of life between the two lead to conflicts over time and ultimately divide the two players. Eddie and Vincent split up and only meet again in Atlantic City at the tournament. In the meantime Vincent has developed into a mature gamer. The two meet at the tournament. In fact, Eddie seems to defeat Vincent in a duel. But then he learns that Vincent only bluffed and deliberately lost, he had secretly bet on Eddie and won a lot of money. Eddie is offended, but his ambition is fully awakened. He decides to compete against Vincent over and over again until he really defeats him. In the final scene there is a hint of a reconciliation between the two. The film ends with Eddie's words: “I'm back!” (English: “I'm back!” )


In the opening scene, the subject of the film is reflected: A voice from the off (in the original English version the voice of director Martin Scorsese , in the German version that of Christian Brückner ) says that luck plays an important role in 9-ball, but for some players, luck itself is an art.


The German dubbing was based on a dubbing book by Lutz Riedel under his dialogue direction on behalf of Berliner Synchron .

role actor speaker
Eddie Felson Paul Newman Gert Günther Hoffmann
Vincent Lauria Tom Cruise Stephan Schwartz
Carmen Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Katja Nottke
Janelle Helen Shaver Karin Buchholz
Julian John Turturro Ulli Kinalzik
Amos Forest Whitaker Tobias Master
Orvis Bill Cobbs Eberhard Wechselberg
Moselle Bruce A. Young Lutz Riedel
Gambler Paul Herman Lothar Koester
Diane Elizabeth Bracco Ana Fonell


The plot is a sequel to the 1961 film Sharks of the Big City ( The Hustler , directed by Robert Rossen ), in which Newman also played the character of Eddie Felson.

The film has enjoyed cult status with some pool players in Germany since its release and especially in the 1990s ( 9-ball is played), and the previous film ( 14/1 endless ) has also been brought back to mind. Billiards champion Steve Mizerak made a brief guest appearance as an opponent of Eddie in The Color of Money . Continue to have Forest Whitaker , Iggy Pop and the snooker pros Grady Mathews, Keith McCready, Jimmy Mataya, Mark Jarvis, Howard Vickery and Louie Roberts cameo appearances as a game opponent.




  • "The meticulous director Martin Scorsese was exactly the right person to lure the sharks of the 60s into the pool of the 80s [...] The fascination of the game is brilliantly staged by Michael Ballhaus' camera [...]" - Michael Denks ,
  • If there were an Oscar for self-love, Tom Cruise as Vincent, constantly prancing around himself with vanity, would have to win it. And Paul Newman is rightly not interested in the effective silhouette of his girlfriend (Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio) - it is as boring and sterile as this film basically remains. - Der Spiegel , 13/1987
  • “The predictable action gains profile and tension from the concentration on the personal conflict, from which Martin Scorsese develops a moral-philosophical reflection on corruption and innocence, lust for life and resignation, action and passivity, youth and old age; densely staged and photographed. ” - Lexicon of international film
  • "Director Martin Scorsese [...] gives the audience favorite Tom Cruise the opportunity to come up with a remarkable acting performance alongside the brilliant Paul Newman." - Dirk Manthey (ed.), Jörg Altendorf (ed.), Willi Bär (ed. ): Feature films 89. The highlights of the television year . Kino Verlag, Hamburg 1988, ISBN 3-89324-037-3 , p. 36.


  • Walter Tevis: The Color of Money (OT: The Color of Money ). Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1987, ISBN 3-404-13092-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The color of money. In: German synchronous index , accessed on April 6, 2018 .
  2. THE 59TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 1987 . In: . Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  3. Michael Denks: The color of money. In: August 20, 2008, archived from the original on April 16, 2016 ; accessed on September 23, 2018 .
  4. Raging Ball - "The Color of Money". Feature film by Martin Scorsese. USA 1986. Color; 119 minutes. * . In: Der Spiegel . No. 13/1987 , March 23, 1987, pp. 230-31 ( online in the Spiegelarchiv [accessed on 23 September 2018]).
  5. The color of money. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed September 23, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used