Starring: PN, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, Jill Hayworth
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Summary:Otto Preminger's epic adaptation of Leon Uris' book about the celebration of courage and persistence which led to Israel's independence and nationhood in 1947. PN plays Ari Ben Canaan, a leader in the underground who leads 600 Jews on a hunger strike and then escape by sea to the promised land. Check out the Internet Movie Database.
Trivia: Preminger helped end the stigma of the Hollywood blacklist by hiring screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo.
PLN is a quarter Jewish.
Newman's fee by this time was already $200,000 a picture. It became his highest grossing movie to this time.
At a whopping 212 minutes (!) this is Paul's longest film.
PN won 4th place for Top Male Dramatic Performance in the Golden Laurel Awards.
The film won the Oscar for Best Music.
When the filmmakers bought the ship that they used as the refugee ship, the company they bought it from was so thrilled that they delivered it with a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, this was unsuitable, since the ship was meant to look old, so fake rust had to be painted on at great expense.
250 extras were hired to play escaping prisoners at the old prison in Acre. However, 253 people were counted as escaping, those three extra escapees were actual escaped inmates from a mental ward near the set.
The Newman Factor and Rating:Critics weren't overly impressed with the film or PN's performance. PN describes filming as "chilly" due to his strained relationship with Preminger. 7 for the film, 7 for PN.