Welcome to the Billiard Forum's Listing of Billiard Movies; A growing collection of cue-sport movies focused on snooker, billiards, and other table games.
Billiards Forum has created a listing of billiard movies for your enjoyment. We started with an overview of the upcoming film "9-Ball" with Jennifer Barretta, and will add more throughout the upcoming weeks.
redsoxrus from MA, United States on 12/27/2008 11:06:37 AM
The Color of Money is another really good pool movie.
Orkun Berk from Istanbul, Marmara on 4/5/2009 4:21:32 AM
The Hustler (1961), starring Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, is the best billiard movie ever made. The Color of Money (1986) is the sequel of The Hustler (directed by Martin Scorsese, and for his role in this movie, Paul Newman won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.)
Back in late 1980s I watched some b-movie about billiards on VHS. It was called "Deadly Billard" or something like that but can't remember the exact name.
The plot is about a billard player in a post-apocalyptic world who plays pool for money. By the way, the game is played with small black box positioned in the middle of the pool table, and if you knock it with a ball they cut one of yours fingers off. The main character plays "the game of live" with some local mob, and he can win lot of money but he must knock down that black box to win.
I really loved that movie because of the atmosphere, and I am still looking for its name. Any thoughts?
In a post-apocalyptic wilderness world of drugs, lawlessness and corrupt poolhalls, a maverick pool-player (Bisby) challenges the reigning champion at the "knuckle table" where losers sacrifice their fingers.
Terje from Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag on 1/15/2010 7:55:29 AM
The movie is about a younger guy that begins playing in a pool hall trying to become one of the local "sharks". He makes his way through the ranks and finally challenges the owner of the club, and when he does, he switches what hand he is playing with.
It was a great pool movie but I cant think of the name.
Credits: Directed and co-written by Robert Rossen. Based on a novel by Walter Tevis. Features Paul Newman (as the young, arrogant, self destructive and talented pool player Eddie Felson) and Jackie Gleason (as the legendary and unbeatable pool player Minnesota Fats).
In one line: The rise and fall story of a pool hustler known as Fast Eddie and his crucial match against a well known pool champion.
Pool Game: Straight pool (aka 14.1 continuous)
Trivial Facts: Pool champion and billiards hall of fame inductee Willie Mosconi was the technical advisor of the film. He also makes two appearances in the movie: one as himself (on a poster) and the other as a bettor named Willie. All the pool trick shots were performed by Newman and Gleason except one masse shot that was performed by Mosconi.
Credits: Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Richard Price. Again, based on a novel by Walter Tevis and features Paul Newman as Eddie Folson. Tom Cruise plays the role of a mirror view of Fast Eddie in the Hustler, i.e., a young, cocky and ambitious pool player.
In one line: After 25 years out of the game, Fast Eddie returns to the pool hustling scene through a protégé by the name of Vincent Lauria.
Pool Game: 9-ball pool
Trivial Facts: Pool players Mike Sigel and Ewa Mataya Laurance were the technical advisors of the film. Laurance had also played a small part in the movie and Sigel was responsible for performing one trick shot instead of Tom Cruise. The notable pool player Steve Mizerak aka The Miz played the role of one of Eddie's pool game opponents.
Credits: Directed and co-written by Mars Callahan who had also played the leading part of Jimmy Doyle. Also features Chazz Palminteri, Rod Steiger, Alison Eastwood and Christopher Walken.
In one line: A rehabilitated poolhall junkie returns to the action to save his younger brother and to get back at his former manager whose responsible for his failure to establish a professional pool playing career.
Pool Game: 9-ball pool
Trivial Facts: Most pool trick shots were not performed by the movie actors although Mars Callahan is an actual pool player. However, Christopher Walken did make one of the most difficult shots seen in the movie; moreover, he did it in one take.
Credits: Directed by Gary Nelson and features Johnny Cash as the Baron, a former pool hustler, Greg Webb as the Cajun Kid and June Carter Cash as The Baron ex-wife and the Kid mother. Based on and inspired by Cash song The Baron.
In one line: The baron, a former pool hustler, reunites with the child he never knew he had, who is making his first steps in the world of pool hustling, through an Odyssey of pool tournaments
Pool Game: 9-ball pool
Trivial Facts: Following the success of "The Gambler" a TV film based on Kenny Rogers hit of the same title, "The Baron and the Kid" was produced. "The Gambler" was recorded by Johnny Cash as well.
Credits: Directed by Hamish Rothwell and featured Robbie Magasiva, Scott Wills, Wayne Paolo Rotondo, Thomas Anne Nordhaus.
In one line: Three recreational pool players, each one of them is facing a personal crisis, find themselves in a middle of a high stake pool tournament.
Pool Game: 8-ball pool
Trivial Facts: Stickmen is one of the most successful New Zealand movies of the recent years.
And if you are truly fanatic about pool, you might as well check out these movies:
The Baltimore Bullet (1980) - A comedy that follows two sloppy pool hustlers (starring James Coburn and Omar Sharif) who are heading to a high stake pool match.
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1985) - A musical/horror movie centered around a fatal snooker game taken between a young snooker player aka Billy the Kid and a 6 times world champion aka Green Baize Vampire.
Legend of the Dragon (1990) - A comedy about a naive Kung Fu trainee who leaves his rural home to try and make a big fortune as a snooker player in Hong Kong.
Up Against the 8 Ball (2004) - Two African American girls attempting to earn their college tuition by pool hustling in Las Vegas.