Winning (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Winning (1969)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In this film, hotshot racecar driver Frank Capua (Paul Newman) lives for his moments on the track. When he falls in love and marries Elora (Joanne Woodward) and takes over as a father for her young son, his obsession with racing and winning threatens to take its toll on Frank's new family.


Paul Newman
as Frank Capua
Joanne Woodward
as Elora Capua
Richard Thomas
as Charley Capua
Robert Wagner
as Luther "Lou" Erding
David Sheiner
as Lee Crawford
Clu Gulager
as Larry Morechek
Barry Ford
as Les Bottineau
Toni Clayton
as The Girl
Maxine Stuart
as Miss Redburne's Mother
Karen Arthur
as Miss Dairy Queen
Eileen Wesson
as Miss Redburne
Robert Quarry
as Sam Jagin
Paulene Myers
as Cleaning Woman
Ray Ballard
as Trombone Player
Alma Platt
as Mrs. Eshovo
Harry Basch
as The Stranger
Allen Emerson
as Desk Clerk
Marianna Case
as Motorcycle Girl
Carolyn McNichol
as Party Girl
Bobby Unser
as Himself
Tony Hulman
as Himself
George Mason
as Indianapolis Policeman
Mimi Littlejohn
as Indianapolis Queen
Pat Vidan
as Starter
Lou Palmer
as Indianapolis Interviewer
Jay Reynolds
as Indianapolis Interviewer
Dan Gurney
as Himself
Bobby Grim
as Himself
Bruce Walkup
as Driver No. 1
Timothy Galbraith
as Driver No. 2
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Winning

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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 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…

The film goes nowhere except in circles.

December 20, 2007

The footage in the Indy race is of the awesome 17-car crackup that began the 1968 festivities. Its insertion lends the picture even greater authenticity.

December 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Winning

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Excellent performers are stuck in this draggy inert drama. Both Newmans do their best and look great but this is a dull movie.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Winning Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Winning on our Movie forum!

News & Features