Having been burned by compromises to censors on his earlier films Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, Paul Newman decided to star in as uncompromising a property as he could find.
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Rotten: Martin Ritt directed, putting a little too much dust in the dust bowl for my taste.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: Paul Newman established himself as a superstar in this uncompromising antihero role.
- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Paul Newman during the height of his best years. Almost enough to make a man turn gay. ALMOST...!
- mjgildea, Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I am always thankful that the cattle executions are kept off camera. Man, can Newman play an absolute SOB well. Now we know that couldn't be easy for him : ) What a talent. Patricia Neal took best actress honors for this in 1963. This is well-deserved, but it's also ironic. McMurtry's novel calls for an African American woman to play the character whom Neal portrays, Alma Brown. Undoubtedly the powers that be figured the public was not ready for Newman and a Black female actress -- although I'll bet that if Newman had carried the weight then that he does now, he would have insisted on having a Black actress play the part. It's a shame that so many people thought the way they did back then. Really, nowadays this would be a no-brainer. But imagine this, flixsters. What if they had decided to stay absolutely true to the story and had cast an African American woman in this role? And what if this woman's performance had been as strong as Neal's, and she had won the best actress Oscar? Well, it would have been an historic night. 1963 is the same year Sidney Poitier won his best actor award for Lillies of the Field. I am so glad that we now live in a much more progressive age. If not for the animal slaughter, albeit off-screen slaughter, this would be five stars. Hey, guys, if you've read my stuff before, you know how I feel about the treatment of living creatures on screen.
- binky013, Friday, February 16, 2007
This is probably one of my favorite movies. Every line, every shot is pitch perfect. As good as Newman is (what do you expect from one of the greatest actors of all time), the best performance in this movie is Melvyn Douglas who is amazing. From opening to close, it had me captivated.
- tsigur, Monday, September 22, 2008