On the occasion of Paul Newman‘s 91st birthday, I would like to run down what is part of my essential Newman viewing (A Newman Dozen [12 plus 1]).
Some picks may be obvious, others I like because, heck I like them. Where applicable I will offer up some explanation where there may need to be one.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – Early evidence of the star power to come.
Until They Sail (1957) – sometimes I am in the mood for a sentimental tearjerker and I go to this one
The Long, Hot Summer (1958) – You can feel the heat, the pulsating searing chemistry between Newman and Woodward. Although I prefer the next title when it comes to my Southern dramas, I will still sit back and watch this one.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) – Ah Brick and Maggie the Cat. Might be a slightly water down version of the source material, but I am still down with it. Favorite scene? When Brick and Big Daddy are in the basement reminiscing.
The Hustler (1961) -Fast Eddie got his Oscar 25 years later; but this is where it started.
Paris Blues (1961) – I like the music.
Hud (1963) – I am starting to sense a pattern in terms of the roles Mr. Newman plays …
A New Kind of Love (1963) – I don’t know I just like this film because it is a bit of a romp. And it looked like husband and wife were having fun while making it.
Torn Curtain (1966) -A minor Hitchcock film but still a good film in general. My lasting impressing is recounting Hitch talking about a pivotal scene where he wanted to convey to the audience just how difficult it is to kill a human hand-on-hand.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) – No failure to communicate how awesome this film is!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – As my dad said when I gave him the VHS during the Christmas of 1994, “Two fools.” And lovable fools they are…
The Sting (1973) – Redford and Newman and Hill reunited and it feels so good!
The Verdict (1982) – When I was a kid I just remember thinking this is a “serious, adult” film. Surely is but then I had to watch it in religion class in high school (yup, religion class) as an example of a morality play.
How’s about y’all out there in the interwebs … what are some of your favorite Newman films?