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Winning (1969)

Paul Newman , Joanne Woodward , James Goldstone  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner, Richard Thomas
  • Directors: James Goldstone
  • Writers: Howard Rodman
  • Producers: John Foreman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078323211X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Winning" on IMDb

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    Paul Newman plays a racecar driver, Frank Capua, who steps out of his professional and personal isolation long enough to marry a single mother, Elora (Joanne Woodward). The two have a brief but happy life together with Elora's 13-year-old son, Charley (Richard Thomas), but it comes to an end when Frank goes back on the racing circuit and Elora assuages her loneliness in the arms of her husband's chief rival, Luther (Robert Wagner). Frank checks out, and Charley travels across the country to find him and effect a reconciliation. A touching movie (with some good racing footage) by director James Goldstone, Winning is about the real pain of people who have become used to a certain way of safe, arm's-length living, and who have to learn to get beyond it to find redemption in love and faith. Good performances by Newman, Woodward, and Thomas, who makes a terrific impression in one of his earliest roles. --Tom Keogh

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    Fast cars, a hot romance and a behind-the-scenes look at the world famous Indy 500 - Winning has it all. It stars Paul Newman as Frank Capua, a hotshot race car driver who will do anything to win. However, this obsession nearly causes him to lose his wife, Elora (Joanne Woodward), and his friendship with arch-rival Luther Erding (Robert Wagner) along the way. Released in 1969, Winning features a believable personal drama, spectacular footage of the 1968 Indy 500 with its famous 17-car pileup and a biting look at the people who make their living in the fast lane. It also marks the screen debut of Richard Thomas, who went on to become television's John-Boy of The Waltons.

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    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Checkered Flag June 4, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Now and then, it can be a real pleasure to dip into the years and pull up an older movie for a night of "couch tatering." Not that this is such an "old" movie... but old enough that the differences between today's special effect dazzle and flash and 1969 are evident in pacing, dialogue, general style. Today's movies sometimes are lost in technical fireworks. This movie pleases with its simple quality of good actors who interact well with each other and stand on their own acting strength without too many fireworks.
    And still, the director, James Goldstone, deserves kudos for his creativity and innovativeness throughout the movie. The opening scenes are original for 1969, beginning with a close-up of a buttery yellow dandelion, moving through clips of families and racing fans gathering together. Of note are clips at the Indianapolis race track - a scene of a misty morning at the track the day of the Indy 500, scenes of fans entering the park, race car drivers and mechanics in tense preparations, increasing adrenalin, burgeoning crowds. I have yet to attend the Indy 500, but seeing these scenes certainly made me hope that soon enough I might.
    My fellow "couch taterer" and I had interesting conversations offering the male/female viewpoint on the scene of infidelity that centers the plot - the reasons behind the betrayal, if not excuses, the ramifications to all involved, including the son played by Richard Thomas, the responsibilities befalling all, the likelihood of a reuniting at movie's end.
    In short, when a movie catches your imagination, makes you want to visit the place and event portrayed, and gives food for thought and discussion at its end, then this is a movie worth adding to a collection, whether one is a race fan or not.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite: good writing, haunting music, and Paul. August 7, 1999
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    This is a must for your collection. The story line is predictable, but the acting makes it worth it. The movie is complete with twists, laughs, excitement, and of course terrific racing scenes. Some of the closeups of Paul and Robert Wagner are memorable, and Richard Thomas makes you forget about John-Boy. I can watch this movie again and again. Unfortunately, the networks have cut it up and I have yet to see it on cable.
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    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars not top notch, nut still worth seeing January 29, 2004
    This movie is often mentioned as a member of the great pantheon of classic race movies, and it does belong there but it is more of a bottom feeder compared to "Grand Prix" and certainly "Le Mans". It is not the quality of the race footage or the throughout great performances of Newman, Woodward, and a very junior Richard Thomas, impressive on his movie debut. It is more the script that is the problem, and the movie lacks crucial time in the beginning to develop the characters and their relationships. Robert Wagner is a weak link in this movie since he never establishes himself as the friend and rival of the Newman character Frank Capua, and the whole delivery of his part in the affair with Capua's wife is weak. Where "Le Mans" does very much with little words, this movie sometimes fails to establish the relationship drama in key scenes, yet is very touching at times.
    The track drama on the other hand is captured flawlessly, and the viewer gets some very interesting impressions on how the Indy 500 were run in the late 60ies, just before the hayday of the snakepit. With the right level of expectation this is an enjoyable movie, and the quality of the DVD leaves nothing to desire.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars We have a winner August 14, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    A little romance, a little drama and lots of racing! This seems like a lighthearted film at first glance, but it's pretty deep. The pace of the film must be running parallel to the speed of the race cars. Don't blink or you might miss some key moments. That's okay. Who wants to watch a 6 hour movie? What can I say, Newman and Woodward are their usual spectacular selves. Wagner is at home as a charming playboy. Thomas is pretty impressive in his youth. I liked this movie very much. Winning gets the checkered flag in my book. P.S. Newman/Woodward can make reading a phone book exciting!
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Winning Reaches For Depth Of Feeling December 16, 2004
    I picked this one up recently. I hadn't seen it since it was released. It was a very quiet film that came and went quickly. Set behind the backdrop of car racing- it may have sent mixed signals about what audience it was trying to reach.

    This is a character study piece- a story about a racer who doesn't have a personal life because of that life, and about a single mother with a teenaged son, who goes to work and comes home each night.

    They meet after Newman has run and won a race in town- and after he stumbles across her after a party, just as she is closing her rent a car outlet for the night.

    What follows is a very quiet, easy going courtship that spends its screen time building slowly and beautifully. We, as the audience, are allowed to see the occasional scar and barrier revealed and dropped with these characters. Newman and Woodward are really the only acting couple I've ever watched, who pull magic off 'on screen'. I think it's the reason why most try once or don't try at all. This film captured something very difficult to portray: honesty and finding a way through the hurtles. Perhaps they were tipping some of us off on how to do it- and showing why they've lasted so long together as a couple.

    The racing, via Goldstone's direction, is done almost as visual poetry in the background. It's done in such a way as to never overpower the story of this family coming together. Terrifically handled. Dave Gruisin's score also sets the tone during both the racing sequences, and the emotional moments.

    Richard Thomas is amazing as Charlie, the teenager. Watching him reach out to bond to Newman as a stepfather is nothing short of special.
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