EW Staff
June 25, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

THREE SCREENPLAYS: The color of money, sea of love, night and the city Richard Price (Houghton Mifflin, $24.95) This collection of Richard Price’s screenplays may be the closest a writer can come to having final cut. There’s an early version of Sea of Love-in which Ellen Barkin’s character doesn’t appear until the last half hour. The Color of Money shooting script shows what happened when Paul Newman got his hands on his character and made him nicer. The Night and the City script is a draft done in the middle of the moviemaking process. Price is right to observe that his problem as a screenwriter is his fixation on the moment to the exclusion of what happens next; this has been his problem ever since his wandering but intense first novel, The Wanderers. He has no sense of direction, but moment by moment his writer’s voice is as identifiable as David Mamet’s, and often better. A- -Tim Appelo

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