“Ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down…”
The line was belonged to this film which perfectly fit not only for the character Paul Newman played in this movie but also for the memorable roles that he had lived during his awesome career.
As a part of tribute to him I saw the movie once again. This one portrays one of his most famous character of Man with loads of GUTS. Its story of single hand fight against forces of tyranny in the form of rules & regulations & bosses in 70s backdrop where angry young man born out of a common struggling man & rise above as a rebel against the system. Movie depicts the prisoners treated as slaves by mysterious aviator glass worn Sheriff who throughout the film remain chilling silent.
Its common man’s uncommon attempt to prove his GUTS & rise above the average- the focal point here. Whether it’s boxing till end or playing poker with everything at stake or eating 50 eggs to win a bet or escape 3 times from jail, his character showed fight till end attitude & spirit with his natural flair smile on his face mocking the system failed to conquer him. As in the last scene his fellow pal & jail inmate Dragline (nicely played by George Kennedy) tried to convince him for surrender but he preferred to die cool as he lived. Cinematographer Conrad Hall remained cool support to develop his character sketch here & was mandatory part of his most of the movies.
MUST WATCH 4 ALL PAUL NEWMAN LOVERS.