Cars (2006)

Starring: Owen Wilson, PN, Bonnie Hunt, Bob Costas, George Carlin, Larry "The Cable Guy"

Directed by:John Lasseter

Summary:Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is a cocky, rookie race car. While speeding to get to a race, he crashes in Radiator Springs and damages the town. He is sentenced to community service to repay his debt. He tries everything to get out of the work, but realizes that finally he must work with the Radiator Springs residents to get out of town and back on the track. Tried to find a jpg of Paul as Doc Hudson (the Hudson Hornet he plays) but the web is mysteriously missing that image. I thought I remember seeing one in earlier days, but all traces have vanished. Even the mighty Walt Disney Pictures official site is lacking.

Trivia:I'm pretty sure this is the first time Paul appears in animated form.


Rating:I take it back, I loved it! Hard to imagine that one could sympathize with animated cars, but I did. It was a cute fun family pic and how could you not make this movie without PLN?! Film: 9.

The Newman Factor:9.

Empire Falls (TV) (2005)

Starring: Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, PN, JW, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright Penn, Dennis Farina

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Summary:Based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Empire Falls is an economically depressed New England mill town that is being held together by a combination of the Whiting clan's money and the Roby family spirit. (Whether the 2 families are related by blood is slowly revealed, but there is definitely a deeper connection than meets the eye.) At the core of the story is Miles Roby (Ed Harris), local diner operator who is just trying to keep it all together for the good of his daughter, his father (PN), his ex-wife (Hunt), his brother (Quinn), his mother (RWP appearing in flashbacks), his boss (JW) and his customers (Farina, Jeffery DeMunn and everyone else in town).

Quote: Max Roby: "To tell you the truth, I would rather have a complete idiot for a child than an ingrate."

Max Roby: "Don't be silly, anything can be fixed."

Trivia: Could PN have possibly helped in casting? The cast is littered with many that appear in other PN films: Joanne (of course), Robin Wright Penn (Message in a Bottle), Estelle Parsons (Rachel, Rachel), Richard Russo, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey DeMunn (Nobody's Fool). (And well if we're counting, Aidan Quinn and Ed Harris also did voice over work for the Baseball documentary series.) And what genius of casting: Who's blue eyes better to play PN's sons? Than Aidan Quinn and Ed Harris. Matthew McConnaughy apparantly turned down the chance to play PN in flash backs (final film only has one small scene) but Josh Lucas fills in perfectly and leaves the viewer wanting to see more of what he could have done with it. <br><br>

This would be Pauls' last on screen performance and he won his only Emmy Award for it.

Rating: It is a grand task to try and condense Russo's 500 page novel into a two hour movie, so HBO commissioned a four hour version instead. Still a lot is lost in the translation. The second half both drags and shifts tone drastically. Sorry, 7.

The Newman Factor: I love PN's character, who wanders in and out of scenes as if he is a background player, and not one of the greatest actors of all time. His hair is thinning, his voice is a little rougher, but there is a light about him that defies his 78 (!) years (see especially the Martha's Vineyard diner scene). And there's nothing wrong with drowning in a sea of blue eyes (Ed's, Aidan's and Paul's). Still got it: 9.


Road to Perdition (2002)

Starring: Tom Hanks, PN, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Summary:** Released July 12th, 2002 ** (Sorry for the sparse summary, it's hard to write with out spoiling the film! -cbd) The film is the complex story of 3 father and son relationships: Michael Sullivan (Hanks) and his 12 year old son Michael; John Rooney (PLN), a surrogate father figure for the older Michael; and Rooney's relationship with his biological son Connor (Daniel Craig). Rooney is the head of an Irish crime family in Rock Island, Illinois during the depression, and employs both Connor and Michael as enforcers for his interests. When jealousy between Connor and Sullivan reaches a boiling point Sullivan and his son must go on the road to remain alive. Jude Law is introduced as Maguire, a hitman/newspaper photographer who is sent to track down and eliminate the Sullivans. This life is "an eye for an eye" at it's basest level - there is absolutely no escape from revenge or the need for vengence. (BTW: Perdition?: It's more of a state of being than a place: eternal damnation or Hell.)

Quote: John Rooney: "This is the life we chose. The life we lead. And one thing is for certain. None of us will see heaven."

Rating: I loved American Beauty (it still ranks as one of my all time favorite movies) and RTP has the same haunting feeling that AB has. It's not surprising to learn that Thomas Newman did the soundtrack and Conrad L. Hall did the cinematography for both films. There are magnificent images that I can still pick out (the first shot of Jude Law's Maguire walking under the el tracks is a perfect example). The acting performances are amazing, I think Jude Law should be a shoe in for a Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination. Don't go expecting to see a typical Tom Hanks- this is his most atypical role since Philadelphia. Gone are the usual sarcastic barbs, and what remains is a tightly woven character study of an antihero in search of redemption. 8.5 of 10

The Newman Factor: Paul's role is smaller but his performance is still flawless. 10.

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The Life Between (2001)

Starring: Willy T. Ribbs, PN, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney

Directed by: Mark Archer

Summary: "Spend a year on the road with one of the most popular and controversial race drivers ever - Willy T. Ribbs - as he marks his triumphant return to auto racing after 6 years of absence. This film reveals the triumphs, the tragedies, the passion of competition and the heartaches of life. The Life Between is a film not about auto racing, but about life. A heartwarming and inspiring tale of one man´┐_s journey to the top, to the bottom, and back to the top again.
A wise man once said, 'Life is what happens to you on the way to your dreams.' ...this is The Life Between." - (credit: Mark Archer Entertainment, 2000)
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Where the Money Is (1999)

Starring: PN, Dermot Mulroney, Linda Fiorentino

Directed by: Marek Kanievska (Less Than Zero)

Summary: Once the wild child prom queen, Carol (Linda Fiorentino) has settled into the steady routine of married life with her husband Wayne (Dermot Mulroney). Carol works as a nurse at a retirement home and realizes that this in not how she envisioned her life turning out at all. The arrival of Henry (PN), a bank robber who has suffered a stroke, causes Carol to become suspicious. Carol is convinced that Henry is faking and tries repeatedly to break him. Only after pushing his wheelchair off a dock, does he come clean. "You found me out. Now what?" he asks. But Carol doesn't know. What does she want to do with this information she has uncovered? All she knows is that she wants to light a fire under her life.

Rating: I'm not sure where this movie loses it's control. The cast is good, the acting styles of Newman and Fiorentino are very appropriate for their roles. The story is engaging- but maybe not enough. I think everything about the movie is adequate, but there isn't anything to separate it from the pack. There feels like there should be something else to it. As it stands there are barely any obstacles for the trio to surmount- making armed robbery look as easy as picking up your dry cleaning. I thought the overall style of the movie was funky and different, and it distracted me from what was missing. 7.
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Trivia: Supposedly, PN beat everyone on set at ping pong during shooting. Newman liked the script because of it's emphasis on plot twists and characters rather than violence.

The Newman Factor:Paul performs effortlessly. 8.


Message In A Bottle (1999)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, Illeana Douglas, Jesse James, John Savage, PN

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

Summary: An adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' second novel (the first was 97's "Bridges of Madison County-esque", The Notebook). I read the book, which is equally as emotionally manipulative as The Notebook. The story is of Garret Blake (Kevin Costner) a North Carolina boat builder who deals with the pain of the death of his wife by writing love letters, placing them in bottles and throwing them out into the sea. When one of the bottles washes up on Cape Cod and is found by Chicago newspaper researcher Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn), she is instantly attracted to the man who has written the letter of undying love. She tracks him down but doesn't tell him why and then their lives instantly connect. I don't want to give too much away from the book, but I'd suggest seeing the movie before reading it. There are some changes from the book, and all for the better. The movie was appropriately timed for a Valentine's Day release, and should do well at the box office considering it's stars.

Quote: Dodge: "Choose- between yesterday and tomorrow."

The Newman Factor: Older and wiser, Newman has matured into a new a role he introduced us to in 1994's Nobody's Fool. He knows he can't be the young sexy leading man anymore. Next best thing? The young sexy leading man's father. The funniest lines of the movie were delivered by PN, and thankfully the character was expanded to give him several good scenes to show his range on. I'm still constantly impressed by this man's talents. 9.

Rating: I headed down to the multiplex, sure I would be let down by this movie. But, pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed listening to everyone around me helping the film earn it's "tearjerker" label. The movie is sentimental, but not too sappy, and does contain humor to keep it from getting too heavy. The characters and dialogue are believable and likable. Costner was good as the uneasy sailor, still clinging to the loss of his wife. Rugged and sexy, he was able to pull off akward and shy. Wright-Penn, can do no wrong, though thankfully someone told the make up people pink lipstick was a poor choice somewhere in the middle of the movie. And extra points for the most natural "boat hair". I liked the message the movie supported (see "quote" above) an important concept that we wonder if Theresa will be able to embrace. 8.
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Twilight (1998)

Starring: PN, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner, Stockard Channing, Liev Schrieber, Reese Witherspoon

Director: Robert Benton

Summary: Rumors of reshoots surround this Paramount release by which had been pushed back months to early 1998. It's supposed to be a stylish murder mystery, filmed to remind us of the films of yesteryear- "The Maltese Falcon", "The Big Sleep", and Newman's own "Harper". What happens however is an interesting... short, a mess. It just goes to show that all the acting talent in the world, can't make up for a weak script. Director Robert Benton and Richard Russo co-authored the script, reteaming from their "Nobody's Fool" triumph, sadly failed miserably at this attempt. Russo, who has written some of the most hillarious novels, should probably stick to that. Watching this movie, Russo-inspired dialogued sticks out like a sore thumb. Not that it's not mildly funny, but it seems out of place. The score is also meant to reflect the mysteries of past, but it seems outdated and it's constant prescence in the first half hour of the movie becomes a nuisance. PN plays Harry Ross, a retired cop, private detective and drunk- who now has to resort to doing odd jobs for married movie stars Catherine (Susan Sarandon) and Jack Ames (Gene Hackman). After attempting to do an errand for Jack, Harry becomes involved in the murder of an ex-cop who had been investigating the mysterious death of Catherine's first husband 20 years before. Harry becomes intrigued by the mystery, his detective nature unable to let it go. To make matters worse, Harry is in love with Catherine, and Jack is dying of cancer.

Quote: Jack: "Fuck you."
Harry: "Just me? And not the horse I rode in on?"

Rating: The film only runs an hour and a half, but feels much longer. I was confused by the story, wanting to like the film, but in the end angry that it wasn't better. All of the actors gave fine performances, especially James Garner (who's character was the only one that I actually truly understood and enjoyed) 4.

Newman Factor: I read somewhere that Newman admitted that as he got older he frankly cared less about the quality of films he made than the quality of the people, as human beings, he'd be making them with. This film probably exemplifies that statement more than any of the others of his later career.

Paul in keds. Ut oh. Sorry, paly... 6.

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Nobody's Fool (1994)

Starring: PN, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh

Directed by: Robert Benton

Summary: Set in the winter of a small upstate New York town, Paul plays Donald "Sully" Sullivan, the one guy in town who's everybody's friend, but still can't seem to catch a break. To summarize the film would take as long as the script, because this fabulous story (based on Richard Russo's novel) is a richly woven tapestry. The characters are all intriguing, especially subtle turns by both Willis, as a husband with an ever-wandering eye and Griffith, as his wife with her shy flirting with Sully.

Quote: Sully to Roebuck (Bruce Willis) "I used to believe in brains and hard work until I met you."

Trivia: Continuity goofs: The snowblower in the back of Sully's truck.
When Wirf bends down to kiss Will on the head in gratitude for the return of his wooden leg, Sak's supposedly missing foot pops into clear view.
As Sully leaves Toby's house he puts on his gloves twice.
This was also Jessica Tandy's final film.

The Newman Factor:10, "Worn to Perfection" was the tag line for this movie, and suits it perfectly. Paul landed his 8th Academy Award Nomination for this one, losing to Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump.

Rating:Truly a 10, the slice-of-life story is original and the simple characters are ones that we can all relate to.

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Starring: PN, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning, John Mahoney

Directed by: Joel Coen

Summary: When CEO Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) decides to go a little loopy and nose dive out the 45th story window of Hudsucker Industries. Sidney J. Mussberger(PN), the dastardly executive of Hudsucker Industries hatches a plan to appoint an idiot as CEO, let the board of directors watch the stock plummet and then scoop it up at a rock bottom price. They pluck Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), a good ole boy from Muncie, Indiana , out of the mailroom. The board has found their chump proxy, and only eager beaver reporter Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is able to smell the whiff of a scheme.

Quote: "Once you're dead, you stay dead. Just ask Waring Hudsucker."

Trivia: In Raising Arizona (1987) (also directed by Joel Coen), factory workers could be seen wearing a uniform bearing the name "Hudsucker Industries". The Chief also says "Yeah, and if a frog had wings, it wouldn't bump it's ass a-hoppin", just as Nathan Arizona Sr did. In Barton Fink (1991) (also co-written by the Coens) there was also a character called "Karl Mundt".

The Newman Factor: 9 out of 10. Paul's role is supporting, but he still does a great job with the caricature of the greedy corporate executive.

Rating: 9 (Please forgive me Coen Brothers...) This is a cute film, the direction and writing (as always) are a unique twist. Tim Robbins can do no wrong.

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Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)

Starring: PN, JW, Blythe Danner, Simon Callow, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Sean Leonard, Austin Pendleton

Directed by: James Ivory

Summary: Adapted from the novels Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell, this slice of Americana features marvelous performances by PN and Joanne Woodward, stunning detail in every frame, and an affecting chronicle of the lives and times of an upper-class WASP family. Composed of vignettes in the characters' lives, some of which are more compelling than others, it nontheless adds up to a genuinely satisfying motion picture. (courtesy Video Movie Guide 1993)

Quote: Dr. Alex Saver: "Walter, you would rather cut your throat than laugh at a dirty joke."
Walter Bridge: "Well I must confess, I have never been able to find anything amusing about smut."
Dr. Alex Saver: "Have you ever tried?"

Trivia: Listed in the closing credits was "Shakespearean Tutor to Mr. Newman - Senator Bob Dole"

The Newman Factor: 7. Newman performed well as stubborn old Mr. Bridge. One of his greatest scenes was during the thunderstorm at the country club, where all the other guests run for cover, and Walter Bridge remains patiently to finish his meal, in the midst of electrical blackout, torrential downpour and gale force winds.

Rating: I rate it a 5 because of my lack of interest in the story. The performances by the actors were all fine, but the story failed to keep my attention. I wasn't sympathetic with the characters or their problems. Joanne was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for this one.


Blaze (1989)

Starring: PN, Lolita Davidovich

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Summary: Based on the true story of stripper Blaze Starr, and Earl K. Long the tomcatting governor of the great state of Louisiana. Neither has much shame- Blaze shows up at a formal dinner wearing a not so subtle dress; Long bites a fellow politician on the head. Blaze and Earl's relationship only becomes important when others try to blackmail Long into sacrificing his vote on a racial issue (black voting rights). Long agrees at first, but after tossing and turning, he attends the vote anyway, and is committed for his incoherent ramblings. What follows, is the dilemma Blaze and Long have between their love for each other, and the demands of their "callings".

Quote: Huey: "Would you still love me if I wasn't the fine governor of the great state of Louisiana?"
Blaze: "Would you still love me if I had little tits and worked in a fish house?"

Trivia: It's been said that Davidovitch is the spitting image of 28 year old Blaze- Earl Long was 65. Blaze Starr moved to Baltimore after Earl's death, and has been there since as "part of the local culture". She was also said to have had an affair with President John F. Kennedy. Lolita Davidovitch and Director Ron Shelton were involved in real life.

The Newman Factor/Rating: Paul looks older than he should in this one, he's entertaining, but something holds the script back. The movie does a fairly good job of garnering sympathy for 2 characters who otherwise don't deserve it. Lolita Davidovitch grows nicely into her role, and should get more credit for this part. 7 for Paul...5 for the movie

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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

Starring: PN, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, Natasha Richardson

Directed by: Roland Joffe

Summary: In spite of its historically significant story line- the World War II development of the atonmic bomb- this film remains curiously flat and distanced. The clash between military chief General Leslie R. Groves (PN), and scientific genius J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz) seems mannered and forced. (courtesy Video Movie Guide 1993)

Quote: "Oppenheimer, you ought to stop playing God, because you're not good at it and the position's taken."

Trivia: Heard a rumor (via Matt Damon's recent appearance on "The Daily Show") that the crew of this movie took bets during filming on how many Oscars the film would win. And thus, it was not nominated at all.

The Newman Factor/Rating: 7. Seemed like even PN couldn't get this tale going. It's hard to be interested in the story, which moves along very slowly with little suspense.
The Newman Factor: 7
Rating: 6

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The Glass Menagerie (1987)

Starring: JW, John Malkovich, Karen Allen, James Naughton

Directed by: Paul Newman

Summary: The story of a mother and her personal duty to ensure that her son doesn't turn into the alcoholic wanderer that his father was, and her daughter doesn't become a lonely spinster. But it is because of her insistance, that her children end up exactly like that.

Quote: Tom (to his mother): "Every morning when you come in with that rise and shine, rise and shine, I just think how lucky dead people are."

The Newman Factor:/Rating: Once again Newman downplayed his involvement in the film, trying to keep the focus on the actors. His credit was listed as "Director: Paul Newman" as opposed to "Directed By:", I think in an effort to show he had no more to do with the finished product than any other member of the crew. Although the film was very good overall, I think it is more because of the skill of the actors and the writing of Tennessee Williams, rather than Newman's skill as a director. Malkovich, as always is amazing, I was surprisingly sympathetic with Karen Allen's portrayal of Laura, and Joanne's performance shows off her chameleon colors brilliantly.
Newman Factor: 7
Rating: 9


The Color of Money (1987)

Starring: PN, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro

Directed by: Martin Scorcese

Summary: PN is back as Fast Eddie Felson, the aging pool shark from The Hustler. The game is the same, but Eddie isn't, or so he thinks. This time Tom Cruise is the cocky kid, Vince, with the talent but not the discipline to make it to the top. As much as Rocky is a movie about boxing, The Color of Money is a movie about pool.

Quote: "I'm back..."

Trivia: The voice explaining 9-ball is director Martin Scorsese's. Tom Cruise did all his own trick shots for the film, except for one in which he had to jump two balls to sink another. Scorsese said he could have let Cruise been taught the shot,however it would have taken two extra days of practice, holding up production, costing thousands of dollars.

The Newman Factor: 10. All one can say is finally- after 7 nominations, Paul at long last won his only (so far...) Oscar. Paul opted not to attend the ceremony, and his superstitions paid off. Oh yeah, I'm sure his performance had nothing to do with it...

Rating: Tom Cruise on the verge of stardom, PN back in one of his best roles, nothing but a 10.

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Harry and Son (1984)

Starring: PN, Robby Benson, Joanne Woodward, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley, Ossie Davis

Directed by: Paul Newman

Summary: Harry (PN) and his son Howie (Robby Benson) live together in their beach side house attempting to coexist. Problem is, Harry wants his son to take life seriously and get a job, while Howie wants only to become a writer. Harry's got health problems, which lead the end of his employment from his construction job. What follows is Harry and Howie's search to get new jobs and understand each other. Joanne is at her finest as Harry's dead wife's best friend- Lilly, the bird lady with the long grey braid, mother to Howie's girlfriend played by Ellen Barkin (also shining in several scenes).

Quote:"You have to be a nymphomaniac with a bump like that. Jesus, the lady in the back a nympho after all these years." Harry to Lilly, after trying to read the bumps on her head.

Trivia:Robbie Benson was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor of 1985. (Well deserved too...)

The Newman Factor: I got diverted in the story, but Paul loves to dive into roles that confuse you, make you think, make you hate the character, but try everything to love them as well. 8.

Rating: I give a 6 for effort.


The Verdict (1982)

Starring: PN, James Mason, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Summary: In this first-rate drama, PN brilliantly plays an alcoholic Boston lawyer who redeems himself by taking on slick James Mason in a medical malpractice suit. (courtesy Video Movie Guide 1993)

Trivia: The film, director, David Mamet's screenplay, Newman and Mason were all nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes. None of them won.

Roger Ebert (in his book "Questions for the Movie Answer Man") debates what is in Newman's coffee cup during the final scene- he says booze, but Newman says, "Coffee. Otherwise what would the point of the movie be?"

Bruce Willis appears in the audience of the final courtroom scene.

Director Sidney Lumet recalls Newman's difficulty getting into the role during rehearsals. He says that Newman admitted his drinking problem as a young man and finally confronted his fears that were giving him trouble with the character. He allowed himself to go-for-broke with his performance. Lumet says, "The scene where he can't pick up the shot glass because his hands are shaking, so he leans forward and sips the top of it-that's a strong scene. I thought we might win [the Oscar] that year. But I knew that Gandhi was the perfect Oscar movie-the big epic with the noble hero."

I found Lindsey Crouse who played Kaitlin Costello unrecognizable from when she played Lily Braden in Slapshot, 4 years earlier.

The Newman Factor: Newman's performance as the drunk lawyer who has hit the bottom and has got only one way to go, is inspired. I just rewatched this one after a few years, and still believe there was no other performance from Paul's career that is similar. It's a true mark of a great actor that can create a role that makes you forget who you are watching. He finds his conscience and plays the role with conviction. 9.

Rating: An engaging script and fine performances by PLN and Jack Warden, still make this an enjoyable movie. A few clunky performances (didn't love Charlotte Rampling or Lindsey Crouse) but thought the overall package still holds up 30 years later. 9.


Absence of Malice (1981)

Starring: Sally Field, PN, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Wilford Brimley

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Summary: Sally Field is a Miami Reporter who writes a story implicating an innocent man (Paul Newman) in the mysterious disappearance- and possible murder- of a union leader in this taut, thoughtful drama about the ethics of Journalism. It's sort of All The President's Men turned inside out. (courtesy Video Movie Guide 1993) Paul is Michael Gallagher, son of a long dead mafia boss, but people won't seem to believe that he isn't following in his father's criminal footsteps. Megan (Sally Field) leaks a false story in hopes that Gallagher will give her some information- but when lives start to unravel, Megan hides behind the "Absence of Malice" rule, and Gallagher must try to regain his life on his own.

The Newman Factor: Another nomination, another loss, but Paul's performance is still top notch. 9.

Rating: The story is interesting and topical for the time it was released, loses a little in the time since, but still a good film. Melinda Dillon is particularly superb. An 8.


Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)

Starring: PN, Ken Wahl, Ed Asner, Danny Aiello, Rachel Ticotin

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Summary: Paul plays Murphy, a veteran cop in one of the most dangerous crime ridden areas of The Bronx. The police station is nicknamed Fort Apache, "an outpost in enemy country" where drugs, prostitution, crime and poverty are a way of life. Ken Wahl plays Corelli, Murphy's young partner and Rachel Ticotin plays his girlfriend, Isabella, a nurse with a small cocaine habit. The story covers the arrival of a new chief, Connelly (Ed Asner) who wants to clean up the neighborhood, the only problem is, the police department operates under the guise that in order to catch the larger crooks, they need to look the other way on a lot of the smaller criminals. What ensues are riots and looting, which eventually leads to 2 cops throwing an innocent by stander off a roof, only to be seen by Murphy and Corelli. What follows is Murphy's personal dilemma of whether or not to tell the truth and squeal to Connelly, or maintain his personal integrity.


Trivia: The Puerto Rican community protested the filming and release of the movie because they thought the portrayal of Hispanics was unfair and unrealistic. The film makers stood behind their product and the protest only served as publicity for the film's opening.

The Newman Factor: This is the one that started Newman's next wave of films, securring his star status among an older group of actors. Isabella's death scene is Newman at his best.

Rating: An 8, the movie stands up even though it seems dated in the early 80's.