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Winning (1969)

M | | Action, Drama, Sport | 8 July 1969 (UK)
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Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »

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James Goldstone

Writer:

Howard Rodman

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Capua
Joanne Woodward ... Elora
Robert Wagner ... Erding
Richard Thomas ... Charley
David Sheiner ... Crawford
Clu Gulager ... Larry
Barry Ford Barry Ford ... Bottineau
Karen Arthur Karen Arthur ... Miss Dairy Queen
Bobby Unser Bobby Unser ... Himself
Tony Hulman Tony Hulman ... Himself
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Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther Erding, and strains the relationship with his stepson. Written by J A Ollinger <jao@speedlink.com>

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WINNING is for men who live dangerously! WINNING is for women who love recklessly! WINNING is for young people who live for now! WINNING...is for everybody! See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

500 millas See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (UK release) (unconfirmed)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the biography PAUL NEWMAN: A LIFE by Shawn Levy, Universal Pictures paid Paul Newman $1.1 million for this film, at the time the highest salary "ever offered to an actor in a deal for a single film". See more »

Quotes

Charley: Hey, Frank. You know what? What about a little sugar in his gas tank? That'll fix him. I read that in a magazine about how the saboteurs work.
[laughing]
Charley: You think I'm drunk?
Frank Capua: I don't need any sugar in his gas tank 'cause I'm gonna beat that son-of-a-bitch anyway!
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Referenced in Here's Lucy: Won't You Calm Down Dan Dailey? (1971) See more »

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Soap Opera At the 500
21 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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 dads in the last presidential campaign. But it also deals with who I would have to call the neglected Nascar Moms.

Paul Newman is an auto racing driver and totally dedicated to his sport. He meets and marries Joanne Woodward who is a divorcée with a teenage son, Richard Thomas. After a while he starts taking her for granted and Woodward drifts off into an affair with rival driver Robert Wagner.

I very much doubt in real life if Paul Newman ever took Joanne Woodward for granted as he does her. I don't think they would have stayed married as long as they did. But Newman gives a solid portrayal of a man who gets quite a lesson in what is really important in life.

Richard Thomas shows some of the qualities that made him such a hit as John Boy in The Waltons. He gives a very good account of himself in scenes with Paul and Joanne.

Nascar Dads and Moms will like Winning, there's enough in the plot to satisfy all concerned.


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