Saturday, September 27, 2008


What was your favorite Paul Newman movie?

I'd have to argue for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" with his buddy, Robert Redford.

Then, of course, there was that irrepressible bad boy in "Cool Hand Luke."

Southern charm, with Elizabeth Taylor, in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Paul got back with his pal, Redford, in "The Sting".

Ah, there were so many great movies. Newman made about 60, including "The Hustler", and it's sequel "The Color of Money", "The Long Hot Summer", (this picture may have come from that one.)

There was "Exodus", "The Silver Chalice" (that's the one Paul hated), who could forget "Hud" (Patricia Neal certainly couldn't!), "Winning" (the movie that started his interest in auto racing), "Sometimes A Great Notion", "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean", "The Verdict", "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge", "Road to Perdition" and "Empire Falls" . . . just to name a few.

Newman said he didn't read reviews of his movies because the good ones give you a fat head and the bad ones make you depressed for three weeks.

But . . . what was your favorite Newman movie?

Whatever it was, we'll remember this guy, and those amazing blue eyes, for a long, long time.


Mike said...

I had two favorites. I loved the movie "Cool Hand Luke," but there was also something I loved about the movie "Judge Roy Bean."

Catalyst said...

Both good choices, Mike.

meggie said...

How sad to think he is gone, but I wouldn't wish him back.
I think I first fell for him in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, but basically anything he did was ok to me. Liked him with Robert Redford, loved The Sting.

meggie said...

Oh & to be completely shallow here, I LOVE your new pic!!
Please assure SWMBO I am no threat, I am too far away, too old, & too poverty stricken!

Catalyst said...

Yes, he worked extremely well with Redford.

Don't worry about your adulation for my picture, Meggie. That was taken many decades ago and I no longer bear any resemblance.

TomboCheck said...

Oooo, looking through the list of movies he was in, I can say that the only one I have ever seen was 'Road to Perdition'. So yeah, that would have to be my favorite.

Catalyst said...

Ooohhhh, Tombo, you have big treats in store for you. Hie thee to Netflix or a video store and rent "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Cool Hand Luke" for starters.

Kitty said...

I was so sad to read he'd died - such a wonderful actor, and - it seemed to me - a man who knew how to live life as well as to act.


Catalyst said...

Kitty - Yes, I believe he had more fun in his years than most of us.