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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Great Movie Scenes | The Sting 1973

"You owe me fifteen grand, pal."

""What was I supposed to do? Call him for cheating better than me in front of the others?!"


Paul Newman as Henry "Shaw" Gondorff
Robert Redford as Johnny "Kelly" Hooker
Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan
Charles Durning as Lt. William Snyder
Ray Walston as J.J. Singleton
Eileen Brennan as Billie
Harold Gould as Kid Twist

R.I.P. Paul Newman.

Director Sam Mendes remembers Paul Newman in the current issue of New York Magazine:

He was 76 when I worked with him on Road to Perdition. Conrad Hall was the cinematographer. He was about Paul’s age, maybe slightly younger, and he’d also shot Harper, Cool Hand Luke, and Butch Cassidy, so he had seen Paul from the age of 40, and there they were in their seventies, still shooting together. It was very moving. At one point he was shooting a close-up of Paul looking into a fire, and I turned round and Conrad was crying as he lit the shot.

I asked him what was the matter, and he just said, “He was so beautiful.” And I said, “Well, he’s beautiful now!” And he said, “Yeah, but he was so beautiful.” I think he was crying for both of them. But whereas Conrad, you see, was sort of not at peace with the idea of death and growing older, Paul said several times, “Yeah, I’ve had some great innings, it’s about time I give all this up. It’s all a bit silly.” There was this real sense of grace and dignity. He had nothing left to prove. He knew what a fortunate and wonderful life he had led, and he was very willing to admit that. That really lent him an aura of a minor deity to me. He had sort of ascended already.

Robert Redford remembers Paul Newman in Time Magazine.

On ABC News, Redford calls Newman a "man who lived a life that really meant something."

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