Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid / The Hustler / The Verdict
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This Paul Newman triple bill collects three of the screen legend's finest films: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE HUSTLER, and THE VERDICT.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID: This revisionist Western comedy, which served as the prototype of the buddy film for years to come, stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, respectively. At the turn of the 20th century, they've become notorious for the skill with which they and their colleagues, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, rob banks and trains. But their last few jobs have been botched, and after Butch and Sundance return from a brief vacation, Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy) challenges Butch's leadership. After comically snuffing the rebellion, Butch agrees with one of the gang on risking the double robbery of a Union Pacific payroll train. Despite blowing up the entire baggage car, they survive the first stage of the robbery and spend some down time with Sundance's girl, schoolteacher Etta Place (Katharine Ross). But after hitting the train on its return trip, Butch and Sundance are relentlessly pursued by a posse of world-class lawmen planted on board by the wily railroad president. Realizing that their days are numbered, the outlaws head for Bolivia. The film, which launched the career of Redford and boosted George Roy Hill's to another level, owes its ineffable charm to the terrific chemistry between the two stars, to William Goldman's warm and witty screenplay, and to a director capable of walking a tightrope between the comic and the elegaic.
THE HUSTLER: In Robert Rossen's THE HUSTLER, "Fast" Eddie Felson (Paul Newman), a self-assured upstart pool shark, frequents the local halls to get a crack at bringing down the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Under the wing of corrupt manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), Eddie begins to struggle to the top. But when he starts to have real feelings for a woman (Piper Laurie), he's faced with a dilemma. This acclaimed drama was nominated for numerous Academy Awards, and Newman would go on to achieve Best Actor for the film's 1986 sequel, THE COLOR OF MONEY.
THE VERDICT: This acclaimed Sidney Lumet drama stars Paul Newman as Frank Galvin, a hard-drinking, down-on-his-luck lawyer who takes on an impossible medical malpractice case in a bid to serve justice--and find redemption.