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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Very dated film now. Some good racing footage, strung together with a flimsy story. The movie displays in a strange letter boxing format which seems totally unnecessary on a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AusMossy
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