Cinema: Conscience in a Rough Precinct

FORT APACHE, THE BRONX Directed by Daniel Petrie Screenplay by Heywood Gould

It is time—past time—to say something nice about Paul Newman. Of course, he has been well loved for his blue eyes and his cheeky style by a couple of generations of women. But aside from his roles in The Hustler, various pairings with Robert Redford and one or two other films, he has not been taken seriously by critics and other sobersides. That is understandable, since it is possible that no major U.S. star has endured more indifferent movies (beginning with his 1954 debut in The Silver Chalice) than he...

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