The Color of Money

Synopsis: Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young, promising pool player Vincent in a local bar and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler. After some hesitations Vincent accepts and Eddie takes him and Vincent's girlfriend Carmen on a tour through the country to work the pool halls. However, Vincent's tendency to show off his talent and by doing so warning off the players and losing money, soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

The balls are pocketed

in numbered order.

The only ball

that means anything...

that wins it,

is the 9.

The player can shoot

eight trick shots in a row...

blow the 9, and lose.

On the other hand...

the player can get

the 9 in on the break...

if the balls spread right,

and win.

Which is to say that luck

plays a part in 9-ball.

But for some players...

luck itself is an art.


Check the colour.

Dead giveaway,

you know?

It's thick.

You can almost feel it.

Lay down and let it

roll all over you.

That's single malt.

On the other hand,

you got something like Old Mcdonnell.

More like Young Mcdonnell,


Tastes like

Smell this.



That's good stuff.


Very good stuff.

I can get you a case

for $35.50 less...

than your wholesaler

can get you a case of Jack Daniel's.

Go peddle that to one

of your hotel chains.


I don't do that, do I?

This is family.

I'm glad

to see you, too.

Come to my house


I'll make you

an omelet.

I'll make the omelets.

Did you forget the omelet

I made you last time?


What was in it?

Sweet sausage.

Sweet sausage.

Hey, I never made you

sweet sausage.


Come on,

what was in it?


Sour cream

and caviar, right?

Okay. Excuse me.



am I working?

I'm working, too.

This guy is up

for 20 a rack.

What guy?

Playing 2, 21/2 hours

for 5 a game.

He's up 30.

I've been

playing him off.

Yo, Vincent!

Vincent, we're on.

Hey, Vincent.

Can you believe this guy?

Hey, Vinnie.

You slide this stuff

into a bottle of Old Granddad...

you'd hardly be lying.

Pick me up.

I get off at 10:

Not without me

you don't.

Do you?


Wait a minute.

I'm talking bourbon.

You know the secret?

These people get a hold

of aged kegs.

You're tasting

low fusel oil content.

Just like the big guys.

It's the kegs.

Where do you get

the kegs?


That was fast.

What the hell happened?

I slipped.

He slipped.

Where do they get

the kegs?

They just do.

Do whatever you want.

It'll leave the warehouse

one way or another.

On the snap, Vincent.

That kid's got

a sledgehammer break.

Bottoms up.

Do you know who

loves this stuff?

The Chinese.

It must be the low

fusel oil content.

Don't kid yourself.

It has its effect.

It's like those things

you take for granted, like electricity.

Eddie, loan me

another 20.

Who you working,

me or him?

He's on the ropes.

He just lucked out.

You know me, right?

Take it easy.


Woo! Woo! Woo!


Pick us out

a nice bottle of wine.

Red or white?

On the snap, Vincent.

Hey, Eddie,

about those labels.

Can you get me

some Wild Turkey labels?


#... Oh, one more night #

# 'Cause I can't

wait forever #

# Give me one more night #

# Give me just

one more night #

# Give me one more night #

# I can't wait forever... #


How you doing?

#... Like a river

to the sea #

# I will always be

with you #

# And if you should

sail away #

# I will follow you #

# Give me one more night #

# Give me just

one more night #

Kid draws

some bead, huh?

# Oh, one more night #

# I can't wait forever #

# I know there'll

never be a time... #

Play him again.

You really got him on the ropes.

One more,

right, chief?

I got to split.

You're going.

Come on,

one more game.

I'm bust.

So let's just

play play.


Play for play.

No money.

Play play?

Show me

what you got.


Julian, I just want

your best game.

I think the money's

throwing you off today.

#... One more night #

# 'Cause I can't

wait forever #

How about I win,

no money.

You win,

I'll throw you 20.

# One more night #


# 'Cause I can't

wait forever ##

What's the matter

with this guy?

All right, Carmen,

who's next?



You want to play me?

For your girlfriend.

One game.


I'll spot you

the 7 and 8.

I'll give you

the table.

You want to play him?



No. 500 a rack.

Oh, you serious?

I never kid

about money.

Ha ha ha ha!


Off with their heads.

You don't know

what you're doing, do you?

What do you mean?

Well, you just blew

That kid, he has both arms

in traction...

he beats anybody

in the room.

Yeah, he could.

So I'll offer it

to you again.

I'll play him

for 500 bucks.

You don't know

what to say, do you?

Maybe I'm hustling you,

maybe I'm not.

You don't know,

but you should know.

If you know that,

you know when to say no.

What should I say?

You should say no.

Why? Because

it's too much money

and I'm an unknown.

He should be the unknown.

That would be nice.

That would

be beautiful.

You could play around

with that.

You could control that.

I'll offer it

to you again.

I'll play him

for 500 bucks.



you should have said yes.

It's very hard

to know that.

It's very complex...

like which twin

has got the Toni.

Maybe they both

got the Toni.

Maybe Toni's a guy.

It's very complicated.

Plus it's too much money.

God, you're crazy.

No, I'm not.

Just common sense.

How about I take you guys

out for dinner tonight?

You should ask Vincent.

No. You should

ask Vincent.

You know the last time

Julian lost for me?

It's just a game, man.

Some balls and a stick.

Stalker is tough.

It's his video game.

Vincent's the best

at it.

In pool, you just

got these balls.

You take your time,

set up a shot.

Can you make any money

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