(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
DATE REVIEWED: 08/22/2016
FORMAT: Streaming (iTunes)
TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 23 minutes
DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19.3 miles
TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4978.1 miles
SYNOPSIS: The racing career of actor Paul Newman is chronicled in great detail.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A postcard from all of Paul’s racing buddies highlighting what is generally an unknown but very successful career as a race car driver.
PROS AND CONS: More of a homage to Newman than a real documentary. I am sure that there are racing drivers that thought that Paul was a jerk and a lousy driver, but they are not interviewed in the film. This is a feel good movie, not a gritty tell it like it is film.
One walks away with the impression that Paul Newman was a very focused and driven individual and not the touchy-feely sort of actor that many may have perceived him as. He did not start racing until well into his 40s and continued to race into his 80s.
As I watched this film I was sort of wondering what the target audience was and why was it made. The box office receipts for this film are not going to set any records.
Watching the credits it is apparent that the whole film was bankrolled by Adam Carolla (of Man Show fame), who purchased all of Newman’s racing cars and continues to drive them.
To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.
This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.
This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.