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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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The Color Of Money
DIRECTED BY MARTIN SCORSESE
RELEASED: 1986

Why's it so good? Martin Scorsese's sequel to Robert Rossen's The Hustler takes place 25 years after the original, and sees Paul Newman return as Fast Eddie Felson to mentor young wannabe Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise). And if the three names in the previous sentence aren't enough to convince you it's good, you might want to re-read it. But seriously, this is a portrait of an older, wiser man given added poignancy by our memory of his younger self.

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How does it stack up to the original? There's no question: The Hustler is better. And this disappointed critics, their expectations sky-high after Scorsese's early '80s output, on release. But it's held up well, with great performances from the cast and Scorsese's moody, dark look holding up well.

Glaring error: If you watch the pool balls carefully during the games, you'll see a whole heap of continuity glarings.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 301 MONTHS


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