Totally Useless Movie Trivia - The Color Of Money




10. Paul Newman setup a rehearsal period before filming began.

9. The cue used in the film was not a genuine Balabushka, but a Joss, made to look like a Balabushka.

8. 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.

7. Bruce A. Young, who plays Moselle, the man who challenges Vince to play when Eddie is at the motel, also plays the transvestite prostitute who arrives to Joel's house in Risky Business (1983).

6. At one point, Eddie tells Vincent he hasn't played serious pool since before Vincent was born. In real life, Tom Cruise wasn't born until the year after "The Hustler" was released.

5. The guy sitting at the bar, in the hustle where Eddie is feeling up Carmen, is the same guy who plays Uncle Pat, Tom Cruise's uncle, in Cocktail (1988).

4. The first pool hall to which Eddie, Vincent, and Carmen go, was above the Lincoln Tap Room bar on the North side of Chicago. As of February 2015, the bar is still open and directly across from a Church of Scientology. They park and walk past where the church is now located. It's a strange coincidence since Cruise is very big into Scientology.

3. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Martin Scorsese both share the same birthday (November 17th).

2. The Color of Money was released exactly one month before Martin Scorsese's 44th birthday.

1. Martin Scorsese: Breaks the rack at 1:30:20.



Paul Newman felt that Martin Scorsese was the right person to direct The Color of Money because he liked the way Scorsese directed Raging Bull (1980), which was based on the life of boxer Jake LaMotta, who appeared as a bartender in The Hustler (1961).

Tom Cruise did his own trick shots for the film, except for one in which he had to jump two balls to sink another. Scorsese said he could have let Cruise learn the shot, but it would have taken two extra days of practice, holding up production and costing thousands of dollars. The shot was instead performed by professional players Andrew Ghiatsidis and Michael Sigel.

Legendary game developers John Carmack and John Romero revealed that this film, especially the exchange between Vincent and Moselle, was the main reason behind the title of the hit video game Doom and its sequels. They got it from the scene in which Tom Cruise walks into the pool hall and is asked what's in the case that he's carrying. His answer: Doom.
In the novel that the film is based on, Fast Eddie plays in a tournament against Minnesota Fats, who was played by Jackie Gleason in The Hustler (1961). But Martin Scorsese wanted to take the film in another direction. Paul Newman and Gleason wanted Fats to return in the sequel so the character was written into a new draft of the script. But Gleason felt that the character did not fit into the new story and declined to reprise the role.

Martin Scorsese has said he mainly did this at the insistence of star Paul Newman and to prove that he could make a mainstream studio picture that would be finished on time and under budget. He felt that, despite his minimal input, that it was not a personal picture and he was more or less a "hired gun" on this.

When Vincent comes to Eddie's room near the end of the movie to tell him that he let Eddie beat him, the music playing in Eddie's room is jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker performing "I'll Remember April." Two years after TCOM was made, Forest Whitaker, who also hustled Eddie in this movie, portrayed Parker in Clint Eastwood's film Bird (1988).
Many top pool players of the 80s were part of the cast and/or provided assistance, such as Steve Mizerak ("The Miz") who was the hefty player Eddie beat in Atlantic City; Jimmy Mataya ("Pretty Boy Floyd"), who was accompanying Julian (John Turturro) when he saw Eddie in Atlantic City; Keith McCready, who played Grady Seasons; and others such as Michael Sigel, Ewa Mataya Laurance, (who at the time was Jimmy Mataya's wife) acted as pro shot makers and advisors who set up the shots for the actors, and Howard Vickery, the bearded man who was in the montage of people who Felson hustles.

When Paul Newman won the Best Actor Oscar for this picture, he and wife Joanne Woodward became the first married couple to win his and hers Oscars since Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Newman's win also came after he had already received an Honorary Oscar Statuette the previous year. The win was widely considered based on sentimentality and guilt that one of Hollywood's leading male actors had never won.

After the last shot of the Newman-Cruise game at the tournament, Paul Newman kept all the people in the stands, that were extras in the shot. A few minutes later, a stack of Budweiser beer cases came in and was shared. Budweiser was Paul Newman's sponsor for his Newman-Haas racing team.

Martin Scorsese has said that The Color of Money is the only film he has directed that came in under schedule and under budget.

The Color of Money (1986)
R | 1h 59min | Drama, Sport | 17 October 1986 (USA)

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Walter Tevis (novel), Richard Price (screenplay)
Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio |