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Race car driver Frank Capua (Paul Newman) holds track victories above all else, but as he competes in the string of races that lead to motoring's crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, he finds it harder to connect with wife Elora (Joanne Woodward) and stepson Charley (Richard Thomas). When he learns that Elora is sleeping with fellow racer Luther "Lou" Erding (Robert Wagner), Frank leaves the family, but plucky Charley decides he won't stand idly by as his family disintegrates.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
Frank Capua
Robert Wagner
Luther "Lou" Erding
Richard Thomas
Charley Capua
David Sheiner
Leo Crawford
Clu Gulager
Larry the Mechanic
Karen Arthur
Miss Dairy Queen
Barry Ford
Bottineau
Toni Clayton
The Girl (uncredited)
Maxine Stuart
Miss Redburne's Mother (uncredited)
Eileen Wesson
Miss Redburne (uncredited)
Robert Quarry
Sam Jagin (uncredited)
Paulene Myers
Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Howard Rodman
Screenwriter
Dave Grusin
Original Music
Richard Moore
Cinematographer
Edward A. Biery
Film Editor
John J. Lloyd
Art Director
Joe Alves
Art Director
John McCarthy Jr.
Set Decoration
George Milo
Set Decoration
Edith Head
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Critic Reviews for Winning

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

  • What keeps the picture from tedium, besides its hard action, is Paul Newman's performance as the racer-hero. Newman simply seems incapable of making a false move or sound.

    May 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • THe effect of Winning, an auto-racing drama, is so refreshingly graphic and intelligent that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward have earned a long vacation, should they so choose.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Well of course he wins the race and gets the girl.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The picture, unfortunately, is a loser pretty much all of the way.

    July 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • James Goldstone's film is one of motels, concrete, the sour smell of petrol; homelier than the jet-set rich feeling which seems to overcome film-makers whenever they get on the starting-line.

    July 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The racing sequences are fun to watch nut the family melodrama is rather dreary, despite the presence of Paul Newman and wife-actress Joanne Woodward.

    July 29, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • What keeps the picture from tedium, besides its hard action, is Paul Newman's performance as the racer-hero. Newman simply seems incapable of making a false move or sound.

    May 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • THe effect of Winning, an auto-racing drama, is so refreshingly graphic and intelligent that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward have earned a long vacation, should they so choose.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Well of course he wins the race and gets the girl.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The picture, unfortunately, is a loser pretty much all of the way.

    July 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • James Goldstone's film is one of motels, concrete, the sour smell of petrol; homelier than the jet-set rich feeling which seems to overcome film-makers whenever they get on the starting-line.

    July 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The racing sequences are fun to watch nut the family melodrama is rather dreary, despite the presence of Paul Newman and wife-actress Joanne Woodward.

    July 29, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winning

  • May 02, 2012
    Workaholic ("hiding from life") meets a small town single mom ("emotionally insatiable") and they get married. Wonder what she'll do when he's off overworking at the office ... with his "baby, he doesn't appreciate a beautiful girl like you" best friend? So goes the drama quotient here, kid stuff for Newman and Woodward, so what's the film about? Well, the office is a racetrack here, old school, Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs and Dodges, and tons of whack race footage. Me likey.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2010
    Excellent performers are stuck in this draggy inert drama. Both Newmans do their best and look great but this is a dull movie.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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