1969 to 2014: Still makes me smile
This is an odd duck of a film. It has that sixties-film desire to heap
oh-so-serious, stagy, acting scenes onto a film ostensibly about
racing, action, and excitement. So, for buffs of sixties car racing,
there's plenty of stuff to see (and even wax nostalgic about), yet to
get to it you have to plow through several draggy domestic drama scenes
all about "revealing character" and "emotional symbolism" and all that
other creative writing 101 blather that is really meant for an entirely
overrated, but okay for car racing historians
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one of Newman's very best
Fans of Newman can hardly skip this lesser entry in his sizable
filmography as he's shown off to his best advantage throughout. He
plays a race car driver (of varying kinds) who one night, after a big
win, meets up with a lonely single mother (Mother) and sweeps her off
her feet. They set off on a whirlwind courtship, ending in marriage,
and Newman agrees to adopt her teen son (Thomas) whose life has lacked
a father figure. Things run swimmingly until Newman has to go off on to
the racing circu...
"Winning" may not be everything, but Paul Newman is!
I am a big fan of Paul Newman but this must be one of his lowest films,
even though he is OK at it. I think this movie deserves 5.5 stars.One of the biggest problems is that it last 120 minutes, it should have
lasted 20 minutes less. I think the plot was good but not the way it
was developed.What I liked the most was the final scene between Paul and Joanne, this
scene deserved to be in a much better movie. The race scenes are good.Frank Capua is a car racer who gets married with Elora who has a...
Just for Paul Newman's fans
First, I should say that I've never been into car racing. The only
other racecar-themed movie that I've seen is "Talladega Nights: The
Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (which was certainly funny). That said, I didn't
find James Goldstone's "Winning" to be a bad movie. Although the movie
meanders a little too much, it was mostly a solid focus on the toll
that racecar driver Frank Capua's (Paul Newman) obsession with winning
takes on his marriage. The verbal exchanges between Frank and his
despondent wife ...
drive a long road
Most film fans know of Paul Newman's passion for auto racing, something
he shared with his fellow rebel hero Steve McQueen. So like McQueen,
sooner or later he was going to do a racing film. It's never going to
be listed among his best films, but at least it was not as self
indulgent as McQueen's Le Mans.It's also not Grand Prix which had cinerama and dealt with the
international racing scene and the glamour therein. This is an American
film dedicated to what our president called the Nascar dad...
Soap Opera At the 500
Taken as a whole, this does not measure up to Newman's later works, but
that's not his fault. The story is a weak and draggy at times. Certainly
it's not "The Verdict", but then it's not meant to be. It is what it is, a
pretty basic story about a race car driver and his relationships; between
and his distant wife, his teammate (and again, his wife) and his stepson.
The uneven pacing almost sinks the film as a whole, though the supporting
cast is pretty ace. But forget all that for a moment....
For race fans, this is a Winner!
Of all the racing movies I've seen, this is probably my favorite, as the
acting in it matches up with the race scenes provided; it's pretty good,
my opinion.Paul Newman (as Frank Capua) does an excellent job of portraying the
ice-cool race driver who is dedicated to his profession to achieve the
ultimate goal, of winning races as often as he can. Joanne Woodward is
in her role as the supportive wife who needs as much attention as Capua's
cars do. In the mix is a teen-aged Richard Thoma...
"Winning" is really Newman's picture all the way?
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Good drama about racing and people's lives involved.
Newman is a successful driver who marries a small-town divorcée (Joanne
Woodward), soon after they've met? As usual, he devotes too much time
to his career and ignores everything else, and, as in "From the
Terrace," Woodward turns in desperation to another man?here a rival
driver (Robert Wagner). Newman finds them in bed, and becomes estranged
from her (again, as in "From the Terrace"), but after winning the big
race, he realizes his life is empty, and attempts a reconciliation (the
theme of t...