plays a racecar driver, Frank Capua, who steps out of his professional and personal isolation long enough to marry a single mother, Elora (Joanne Woodward
). The two have a brief but happy life together with Elora's 13-year-old son, Charley (Richard Thomas
), but it comes to an end when Frank goes back on the racing circuit and Elora assuages her loneliness in the arms of her husband's chief rival, Luther (Robert Wagner
). Frank checks out, and Charley travels across the country to find him and effect a reconciliation. A touching movie (with some good racing footage) by director James Goldstone, Winning is about the real pain of people who have become used to a certain way of safe, arm's-length living, and who have to learn to get beyond it to find redemption in love and faith. Good performances by Newman, Woodward, and Thomas, who makes a terrific impression in one of his earliest roles. --Tom Keogh
Paul Newman plays a fast driving racing driver who will let nothing stand in the way of winning the biggest race of all, the Indianapolis 500. Joanna Woodward, his wife in real life plays his long suffering partner who finds their marriage on the rocks in the name of racing.