Twenty-five years after being banned from big-time pool, THE HUSTLER's "Fast Eddie" Felsen (Paul Newman) resurfaces--older, wiser, and much more cynical--in THE COLOR OF MONEY. Eddie, who no longer plays the game, now peddles whiskey and bankrolls talented pool hustlers for a percentage.
He takes young hotshot Vincent (Tom Cruise) and his coolheaded girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) on the road, teaching his flamboyant, flaky protege how to "dump," i.e., lose deliberately in order to set up the suckers for the big score ("Sometimes if you lose, you win"). Vincent has
trouble learning to lose, Eddie begins to yearn to play again himself, and they part ways, o...