Production[ edit ] The Tevis novel had been optioned several times, including by Frank Sinatra , but attempts to adapt it for the screen were unsuccessful. Director Rossen's daughter Carol Rossen speculates that previous adaptations focused too much on the pool aspects of the story and not enough on the human interaction. Rossen, who had hustled pool himself as a youth and who had made an abortive attempt to write a pool-themed play called Corner Pocket, optioned the book and teamed with Sidney Carroll to produce the script. The film crew built a dining area that was so realistic that confused passengers sat there and waited to place their orders. All of Gleason's shots were his own; they were filmed in wide-angle to emphasize having the actor and the shot in the same frames.
But because both films were decidedly not hits, and because Scorsese still craved the box office swagger necessary to get a new production of Last Temptation off the ground, he took Paul Newman seriously when Newman approached him about directing The Color of Money, a semi-sequel to the Robert Rossen classic The Hustler. And they willed Money to certifiable hit status — its gross soared to over five times the amount that After Hours took in, and Newman finally won his first and only competitive Academy Award for his performance. In the years since, however, retroactive trendsetters have glossed over Money in favor of the psychological trauma wrought by King of Comedy, his final De Niro collaboration in the s, and the coked-out madness of After Hours. Money is, by any classical measure, a sports picture. But like its predecessor, its principal interests lie with its characters and its atmosphere; it is not driven in any direct way by the strains of a standard sports plot or the tidiness of a clearly heroic protagonist figure. Vincent is working a dead-end job at a Target-esque department store, living with his slightly older, slightly wiser girlfriend Carmen Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , and is about to embark on a pool-hustling road trip under the guidance of wealthy, self-made bar owner and reformed pool shark Eddie Felson. This is the set-up, classically standard.
Introduced in , it was a step forward from the Hustler Newsletter, originally conceived as cheap advertising for his strip club businesses at the time. The magazine grew from a shaky start to a peak circulation of around 3 million; it has since dropped to approximately , It shows explicit views of the female genitalia, becoming one of the first major US-based magazines to do so, in contrast with relatively modest publications like Playboy.