Winning

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Winning
Winning poster.jpg
Directed by James Goldstone
Produced by John Foreman
Written by Howard Rodman
Starring Paul Newman
Joanne Woodward
Robert Wagner
Music by Dave Grusin
Cinematography Richard Moore
Editing by Edward A. Biery
Richard C. Meyer
Studio Newman-Foreman Company
Jennings Lang
Distributed by Universal Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • May 22, 1969 (1969-05-22) (US)
Running time 123 min
Language English
Box office $14,644,335[1]

Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.

Plot summary

The film centers on professional racecar driver Frank Capua and his wife Elora (Newman and Woodward, who were married in real life). Frank spends too much time in the garage, pushing Elora into the arms of Newman's main rival on the track, Luther Erding (Robert Wagner).

Main cast

Production

During preparation for this film, Newman was trained for the motorsport by drivers Bob Sharp and Lake Underwood, at a race track high performance driving school—which sparked Newman's enthusiasm for the sport and led to his participation as a competitor in sports car racing during the remainder of his life. He would eventually launch the much successful Newman/Haas Racing with his long time racing competitor and friend Carl Haas winning more that 100 races and 8 Drier's Championships in IndyCar Series.

The film includes footage taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the legendary 2.5 mile track. Most of the footage is from the 1968 race. The accident during the first green flag is from the 1966 race.

Reception

The film earned an estimated $6.2 million in rentals in North America.[2] It was the 16th most popular movie at the US box office that year.[3]

Soundtrack

The film score was by Dave Grusin, and the original soundtrack album was issued on Decca Records.[4] The opening moments of the film's theme, "500 Miles," was used by WEWS-TV in Cleveland in the 1970s and 1980s as the theme for their Million Dollar Movie.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ "Winning, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
  3. ^ "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 Sept. 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 Apr. 2014
  4. ^ Dave Grusin - Winning (Original Soundtrack. From Discogs. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  5. ^ "Winning" Main Theme on YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  6. ^ WEWS TV Cleveland Million Dollar Movie Open on YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-11.

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