Paul Newman

THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974)

A film by John Guillermin
cast:Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden.
Yes it is a great disaster film by John Guillermin. The story involves a mythical 135-floor San Francisco skyscraper, which is a model build for the movie and convincing specials effect photography you will know that but you won’t care and it looks realistic. The building has been designed by architect Paul Newman, constructed by builder William Holden and sabotaged by the cost-cutting of his son-in-law, Richard Chamberlain. It is cursed from the beginning. All the principals arrive at the building for a big dedication party in the top floor restaurant, but meanwhile a generator shorts out and a small fire begins in an equipment room. What I am not surprised. The building has a state-of-the-art central communications and security system, but half the equipment doesn’t work. As one of the big shots tells Holden: “I told you we shouldn’t have held the party until the safeguards were installed.” More electrical equipment malfunctions, gas leaks explode and in no time the tower is a mass of flames. Steve McQueen is the fire chief, calm, cool and courageous, even when he and a lot of his men are trapped above the blaze. Although he help an elevator being air lifted and almost lost it with an other fireman holding on to dear life to the ground. meanwhile Paul Newman his helping with O.J. Simpson helps a death lady with children and gets them to safety on the 135 floor above the fire. What often happens in these complicated action pictures is that we lose track of the various characters and their various hazards. Not this time. There are five main action threads. Which I won’t mention just in case you did’t see the film. Just an other great film from back in the 70’s.

CAT ON A HOT THIN ROOF (1958)

A film by Richard Brooks.
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives.
The fifth Tennessee Williams play to reach the screen, wealthy Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, unaware that he’s dying of cancer and disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick and his other son, Gooper, whose wife is about to bring forth another in the endless line of little “no-neck monsters,” celebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with his family. Brick’s wife, Maggie, beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle, while alternately enticing him and taunting him about his obsession with his deceased best friend and the guilt about their relationship. The seamy tensions reach a climax when the truth of Big Daddy’s health is revealed, and he and Brick manage to resolve their differences.
Elizabeth Taylor is so right for the part, that I can’t think of anyone else to fill it. Good chemistry with Paul Newman. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is truly an actor’s movie, and it is one of those rare films where every single actor is perfectly cast like I said. A great classic film. Great smart dialogue in this one , They don’t make those film anymore unfortunately.

NOBODY’S FOOL (1994)

A film by Robert Benton.
Cast: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis.
Sully is a rascally ne’er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker’s compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl’s young wife Toby. Sully’s long- forgotten son and family have moved back to town, so Sully faces unfamiliar family responsibilities. Meanwhile, Sully’s landlady’s banker son plots to push through a new development and evict Sully from his mother’s life.

A great film were Paul Newman shine and does a wonderful acting job , he is an american icon in the world of cinema and I wondered if there is too many people that knows he is a great actor. The story, written by Benton from the novel by Richard Russo, unfolds according to its own logic. It has the patience to listen to silences. The best moments in the film are based on relationships. There is a great film that everyone should see. Newman uses a lifetime of acting experience to give an affecting portrayal of Sully, a dysfunctional father and husband who is basically well-intentioned but has never been able to connect with anyone or live up to his responsibilities. And he his a beer drinker to top it all off.

SLAP SHOT (1977)

A film by George Roy Hill.
Cast: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin.
Located in the US Rust Belt, Charlestown is home of the hapless Chiefs, a losing Federal League hockey team whose games are poorly attended. To make money, the team’s unknown owner makes its manager, Joe McGrath, do cheesy publicity much to the players’ chagrin. Rumors abound among the players that if the local mill closes, the team will fold. Just before the official announcement is made, the team’s aging player/coach, Reggie Dunlop, does get wind that the mill is indeed closing and that this season will be the team’s last. Beyond efforts to reconcile with his wife Francine, who loves Reggie but doesn’t love his career, Reggie begins to focus on how to renew interest in the team for a possible sale as he knows if the team folds, his hockey career is over. Without telling anyone of his plan, he begins a rumor that the owner is negotiating a sale with a city in Florida.

It Is a funny, frank, violent film about minor league hockey offers a wonderful comic performance from Newman as the aging player-coach of the Charleston Chiefs. In addition to Newman’s masterful work, the film includes excellent supporting performances by Martin as the Chiefs’ general manager, Duncan as a sportscaster, and Crouse as Ontkean’s most unhappy wife. A great film by George hill and a wonderful cast.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

A film by George Roy Hill.
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross.
Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rock, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, “Let’s go to Bolivia”. Based on the exploits of the historical characters.

THE STING (1973)

A film by George Roy Hill.

Cast :  Paul NewmanRobert RedfordRobert Shaw

When a mutual friend is killed by a mob boss, two con men, one experienced and one young try to get even by pulling off the big con on the mob boss. The story unfolds with several twists and last minute alterations. Robert Shaw injured his knee and incorporated the resulting limp into his performance. According to “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again” by Julia Phillips, Shaw split all the ligaments in his knee after slipping on a wet handball court at the Beverly Hills Hotel a week before filming started. He had to wear a leg brace during production which was kept hidden under the wide 1930s style trousers he wore. Technical advisor John Scarne doubled for Paul Newman’s hands in the film. It was he who did all of the card manipulations and deck switching in the film. It would have taken a long time for someone to be able to master all of the card routines shown. In the film, we see Scarne’s hands disappear off screen; a clever invisible cut hides the switch; Newman’s hands return, and the camera pans up to his face. “The Big Con” by David W. Maurer, originally published in 1940 and reissued in 1999, served as the source for this picture. Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Johnny Hooker before Robert Redford changed his mind and decided to play it. The movie was filmed on the backlot of Universal studios and the diner in which Hooker meets Lonnegan is the same diner interior used in Back to the Future in which Marty McFly first meets his father and calls Doc Brown. e movie is based on the real-life exploits of grifter brothers Charley and Fred Gondorf, whose experiences culminated in a scam similar to the one shown in the film, known in 1914 as “the wire” or “the big store”. Unlike the movie, however, the actual “mark” was more than happy to testify against Charley Gondorf, the front man of the scam, and he spent time in Sing Sing, as did his younger brother a year later for running another scam. Both served a few years and were released. As late as 1924, when Charley was 65 and Fred 60, they were still active, and running new scams.

COOL HAND LUKE (1967)

Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, “You’re an original, that’s what you are!” Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. The movie’s line “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” was voted as the #11 movie quote by the American Film Institute. Luke’s prison number (37) is a reference to the Bible – Luke 1:37. (“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”) Anthony Zerbe’s film debut. In the “road-tarring” sequence, the actors actually blacktopped a mile-long stretch of highway for the county. Jack Lemmon was the owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films as well as Cool Hand Luke. The opening scene, where Luke is cutting off the heads of parking meters, was filmed in Lodi, California. After the filming, the city did not replace the meters, and for many years afterward, you could go there and see a block long row of metal posts, sans meters. A Southern prison camp was built for this movie just north of Stockton, California. A dozen buildings were constructed, including a barracks, mess hall, warden’s quarters, guard shack, and dog kennels.