Theater IV: The Color of Money

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Theater IV: The Color of Money

This week we’re looking to use our special talents to make a little extra scratch.  We’ve found an older wiser mentor and we’re off to find fortune and glory in Atlantic City just like Vincent did in this week’s movie, The Color of Money.  This is the sequel to 1961’s The Hustler and it is a very fun road movie with a wonderful cast and several iconic scenes.  In this story, Eddie is a former pool hustler that sees a great deal of talent and potential in a young man named Vincent that he decides to take on as a protege.  Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen are very small time and inexperienced in the world of hustling and Eddie seizes the opportunity to take them under his wing and make a little money for himself at the same time.  He convinces them to join him and they go out on the road to begin Vincent’s training.  The only problem is that Vincent’s immaturity and pride are constantly driving Eddie crazy and costing them money in the long term.  After being hustled by a small time guy at a local bar, Eddie decides it is time for the group to part ways and he begins to work at his own game.  After a nice practice montage Eddie goes off to Atlantic City for a final showdown with Vincent and to prove he still has it.  It is a really fun film even though it has a very different tone from the original.  If you haven’t seen both The Hustler and The Color of Money, do yourself a favor and take a sick day so you can enjoy two great performances by Paul Newman.   Thanks for listening to the show for the last 50 episodes!  Please rate and review the podcast wherever you get it and if you like the show, share it with your friends.  Have a great week.