I saw this movie with my dad many many years ago. In my memories of it, the pool scenes with Jackie Gleason took up a much larger portion of the movie rather than just the beginning and end.
In fact, the first 1/3 is great. As is the last 1/3. The middle 1/3 drags a bit but I guess is necessary for full dramatic heft. The trifecta of Newman, Gleason, and George C. Scott really is quite impressive.
SHR and I were both struck by how much James Franco based his Daniel Desario character from Freaks and Geeks on Newman in this movie - in particular the Two Tracks speech he delivers after being accused of cheating on a math test.
SHR and I are contemplating renting The Color of Money now but are a little afraid.
Directed by Robert Rossen
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