Cinema: Kiss Shots off the Eight Ball

THE COLOR OF MONEY Directed by Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Richard Price

Where does reality end and fictional metaphor begin? Here is the movies' coolest old pro, Paul Newman, reprising one of his best and most famous roles; here is a hot young newcomer, Tom Cruise, staking his claim to authentic stardom in the best part he has yet had. At issue is possession of the movie in which they co-star, The Color of Money.

And what are they playing? Why, Newman is once again Fast Eddie Felson (aka the Hustler in Robert Rossen's pungently atmospheric 1961 classic), now resting on his legendary status among pool players; Cruise is Vincent, a wacko pretender...

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