The Films of Paul Newman

1982
  |  358 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Paul Newman triple bill. In 'The Hustler' (1961) low-life pool player Fast Eddie Felson (Newman) begins a downhill slide after losing to Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). However, gambler Bert Gordon (George C. Scott) sees the potential in the boy, takes him in, teaches him the art of the hustle, and sets him on the road to another thrilling pool hall confrontation with the unbeatable Fats. In 'The Verdict' (1982) Newman plays Frank Galvin, a failed lawyer battling to regain his dignity and give up his dependence on alcohol. He begins working on a case of medical misconduct in which a woman has lapsed into a coma after being given too much anaesthetic in childbirth, and in so doing is forced to take on a powerful Boston Catholic hospital. In 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969) Newman teams up with Robert Redford to play Butch and Sundance, two outlaws at odds with the increasing modernisation of the Wild West. Deciding to cut their losses, Butch and Sundance head for a new life in Bolivia; but when they reach their destination, they realise that robbing banks in an alien country poses a whole new set of problems.