Winning (1969) - full transcript

Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther Erding, and strains the relationship with his stepson.

It's the Californian,
Frank Capua,

car number 25,
with more than one lap to go

seems to have this race in the bag.

About 150...

He's in trouble.

He seems to be out of gas.
Heads for the pits.

What a tough break for Capua
who has run this race...

Hey, Frank, get worried.
You're going to blow $12,000 out there.


- Go? You mean out there?
- Come on, move!

Turns as they
go out on the bridge!

It's Capua by the narrowest of margins
turning right behind number 83

with less than four miles of racing
to go in this Redburne 200,

a $50,000 automobile race
with 12,000 to win!

And Erding makes a bid
for that 12,000 on the inside.

Now again on the outside!

You kept looking at my hat.
I just wanted to say I'm not a fireman.

Well, you look like a fireman.

It's the hat.

I'm the guy who won the race today.

Well, I knew you didn't look
like any fireman I knew.

I also won $12,000.

And a fireman's hat?

The fireman's hat was a gift.

And I always wanted one of these.


- Elora?
- Yes.

Started out as Ellen Sue
until I was 14.

No, I'm not married.

- It looks like a wedding ring.
- It started out to be one too.

I'm free and easy.

Say, listen, why don't I rent a car?

Because you're drunk.

Listen, if I wasn't drunk
I wouldn't want to rent a car.

Well... So...

Because I are drunk and you ain't,
why don't I...?

Why don't I rent it and you drive it?

I think you should.
I don't think you should every day,

but considering the circumstances,

I don't think it would be wrong
if you said yes today.

What's the matter?

Just exactly what circumstances
did you have in mind?

'Cause I won the race.

Thank you.

Come on.

You know, I've got a son
who's five-foot-six and a half inches tall.

- How long were you married?
- Three years.

Summer vacation this lake is
full of kids from morning until night.

In heat waves the whole town
comes out here to breathe.

This where you always come?

With men?

I understood you.

- Where are you from?
- Santa Monica, California.

- Is that a big place?
- Yeah, it's big enough.

It touches Los Angeles.

Well, Redburne's a little place.

People in Redburne talk
just to have something to do.

And I live in a house
with my mother and my son.

So when they talk about me,
it reflects on them.

I just wanted you to know
I'm not easy.


I came out here because I like you,

and I just wanted
the chance to tell you.


Good morning.

I'm sorry I had to wake you up,
but I didn't want you to worry about me.

Yes, I am.

Ma, will you stop scolding me, please.
I'm not ten years old.

I don't know.

Listen, let's just don't argue about it.
It doesn't get us any place.

Ma... Ma, listen. Charley has
a dentist appointment on Thursday.

Would you make sure
he gets there, please?

No, no, no.
I'll talk to him later.

Mother, I am not leaving Avis
in the lurch.

I was just putting off my vacation
until Mildred got back.

Yes, I will... No, I...
I will be in touch, I promise.

I love you too.

And don't forget about
the dentist appointment...

Thinks I'm five years old.

Well, I'm all yours.
At least for the time being.

Let's go visit an ocean.

- Atlantic or Pacific?
- Pacific.

California, here we come.

- What is that? What?
- It's a sand crab.

Now, that's a free way to live, isn't it?

I wish Charley could see that.
He'd go out of his mind.

- Where'd you go?
- What?

Sometimes I'm talking to you
and you just disappear.

I have a feeling I'm talking to nobody.

Floyd used to do that.

He was the boy I was married to.

- Come on.
- What?

I want to show you something.

- Well, what?
- I grew up in that house.

- Really?
- I had this bicycle.

They wouldn't let me ride in the street
until I was eight, just to the corner.

Well, driving in the street
is dangerous.

- Where are we?
- Oh, help. No, no.

We are averaging 52.68 miles an hour,

and we are exactly 35 and a half miles
from checkpoint A.



Oh, dear. Well, back to
the old drawing board.

What am I suppose to give him?
Oh, the... Yeah.

You fellas are in the wrong place.

This lady says you'd be
35 miles back thataway.

Sorry. Oh, wait! You forgot the...

I love you.

Charley, I am not responsible to you
for my comings and goings.

I will be home tonight.

Well, of course I miss you.

Would you please hug your grandmother
for me and I'll see you both tonight.

You see? Here's why you walk it.

You hit one of these on a curve and...

They weren't here last year.

Why don't you bring him here,

instead of going home?

What I'm trying to say is

that, if I marry you, I think he
ought to be here for the wedding.

I've been thinking about it.

Hey, Frank.

- Is that your lady?
- That's her.

Lou Erding. Congratulations.


How are you?

- I brought you my oldest and my best.
- Your only.

My oldest and my best and my only.

- How are you?
- Pleased to meet you.


You'll have a lovely weekend,
be nice to each other.

And... I'll be out at the beach
in case you need a referee.

OK, I'll have him back on Monday.

Goodbye, darling.

I lied about your age.
I told them you were 18.


He's OK.

- That your car?
- That's it.

It's welded.
You gotta get into it like this.

Go ahead.

- It's OK?
- Yeah.

All right.

What do I call you?

I guess you call me Frank.



The pass has been made
by Frank Capua, number 56,

for a narrow command,
having passed up number 92,

the last leader, Jimmy McElreath.

Tremendous contention
as they come around...

- You all right?
- I'm OK, I'm OK.

Roll me back over.

Open the gas tank. Get it clear.
Get some air in there!

- Come on, Frank. Let's get out of here
- Get your hands off me!

Does it bother you for me to be here?

No, it's all right.

Why don't you go to sleep?

When I was about nine, or maybe ten,

for a couple of years
I was scared of the dark, you know?

My grandmother used to get mad 'cause
I slept with the light on all night.

So I finally got a flash light
and turned it on under the covers.

What were you scared of?

I never really knew.

It went away, finally.

Just like the car lights.

They come in and go across the ceiling
and down the wall...

...then they disappear.

Where's your father?
Do you ever see him or hear from him?

No, he just took off when I was a kid.

When your mother and me get married,
I want to adopt you legally.

It'll be a whole family, and you won't
be left out belonging to somebody else.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Capua.

- Capua.
- Oh, no!

That's fine. I think you look great.

- Honey, honey!
- Thank you very much.


I want to kiss the bride!

- How are you?
- Congratulations.

All yours.

Check me out?

Sport, you gotta learn to drive
this thing by the seat of your pants.

Charley is as happy
as a kid with a new dune buggy.


That was very generous of you, Frank.
You are a very generous man.

Thank you.

- Thank you.
- You're welcome.

I think this is the nicest one
of my honeymoons.

Oh, I don't know.

On a honeymoon, the bride
ought to get out of the kitchen.

Yes, but we'd have to take
Charley's dentist with us.

What about what's-his-name,
did he get you out?

- Who, Floyd?
- Yeah.

Floyd took me to Milwaukee
on our honeymoon for a week.

We spent the week touring breweries
because they give you free samples

and Floyd thought I might acquire
a taste for beer.

A hell of a rich taste
to acquire on a honeymoon.

I never even acquired
a taste for Floyd.

Oh, dear. Poor Floyd.

You know, if the worst problem
in your whole life

is that you're alone in a bed
in a house,

and you look around
for somebody to solve that problem,

that somebody might just turn out
to be somebody named Floyd.

The name doesn't really matter.

Beer's a lot less complicated.


But it could've been anybody
named anything.

Well, at least I
finally acquired a taste for beer.

- You gotta pack?
- Yeah.

You know the honeymoon is over when the
old man has to go back to work, right?

What will it be like on the circuit?

I'll work on the cars
and I'll drive, then I'll eat and sleep,

and then I'll work on the cars
and I'll drive.

And I'll think about you.

I'll go to bed
and I'll think about you.

Sometimes I think it's better
not to know what you're missing.

You are so lucky.

You sit there all closed in
by machinery and bolts...

...precise things.
There's hardly any room for you.

It must be a nice, safe feeling.

Well, you gotta learn
to trust something.

It just as well be
the seat of your pants.

Lou Erding, in car 17, the
East Tennessee Ford, still out in front

with Frank Capua, number 47,
in the Worsley Ford, right on his tail.

Bet you thought I was out on a date.

No, I thought you were asleep.
I was going to hang up not to wake you.

And you would too. I know you.

I would've wrung your neck.

Hello? Are you there?

- Anybody home?
- Yeah, I'm here.

- What are you doing?
- When, now?

Yeah, now.

Just sitting in my room.

- And?
- Just sitting.

- I can't think of anything to say.
- Well, maybe I can help you.

I'm just sitting here too.

I'm... well, I don't have a dress on,

and I don't have a nightgown on.

As a matter of fact,
I don't have anything on.

I'm just sitting here stark naked
as the day I was born.

Does that open
any interesting lines of conversation?


Hey, are you really naked?

- I just had a bad day.
- Well, now we both had one.

I just wanted to tell you
everything's OK.

I worry less when you don't call
than when you do call and vanish

on the telephone.

Are you...

...really naked?

I thought you'd never ask.

I want you here,
but it doesn't make any sense.

I'm working on that damn car
18 hours a day.

I've got my stop-watch.

I could hang it around my neck
and figure out the wrong time.

I could use it. I lost today.

I was about a second behind everything.

Crawford's running two cars at Indy.
Erding's driving number two.

- When are you going to be in Indianapolis?
- May first.

- That's when I'll be there.
- That'll be nice.

I'm going to see if I can 't get
some sleep. OK?

Good night.

Good night.

Big, huh?

Somewhere in there
there's a big garage.

Elora will be getting up about now.

Probably in the kitchen,
fixing the kid's breakfast.

- The married life.
- You were married.

A couple of months, once.

The beginning of the second week
I started thinking,

"Man, you have been here before."

- You had been.
- Never for a whole week.

Waking up next to somebody you recognise
can get to be too much a good thing.

I mean, the Miss Redburnes,
Miss Manifold, Miss Lap-Money,

they've got something special
because they've got different faces.

Elora must have something
very special to make up for that.

She's a very special lady.

- I'm out of line?
- You're out of line.

It figures.

I said it. It's out of line. Sorry.

Here you are, gentlemen.
I give you your automobiles.

Well, it sure beats the hell
out of my garage.

- Running Girlings this year?
- Yeah, going to give 'em a try.

Boys, I'll give you the cars.
All I want from you is to come in first.

Both of us?

Three in a row. You won me again.

Somebody else better win you once.
I got a bad back.

I teach him a game,
and he beats me at it.

You win her four times
you'll be up for a major medical.

- Bartender, go.
- Not for me. I gotta go to work.

Double or nothing?

I don't believe my ears.
Did you say you had to go to work?

Yeah, I gotta go down to the garage.

You didn't make any plans, did you?

No, I just thought we might do
some strange, exotic thing

like going out to dinner together.

- Want to try your hand in this?
- No, I gotta go.

Why not take
the rest of the day off?

- You make the rest of us look bad.
- How?

He wins.

- Always?
- Always.

Think about the odds, baby.
They're beautiful

Are you kidding?
I'd scrape you right off the sheet.

- Put the cigarette where your mouth is?
- Yeah.


- We gotta play for something.
- Well, I'll think of something.

You going to sleep inside the car tonight,
Frank, or underneath it?

He's part bat.

He's been known to hang upside down
from the cylinder block.

With his head tucked underneath his arm.

Two bits, that's the stake.

In place of me?

He just wants to win.
He doesn't care what the stakes are.

- She's got a fix on you, Frank.
- That's why I married her.

Well, it must be nice to wake up
next to somebody you recognise.

Yeah, it is nice.

Look at him. Isn't he beautiful?

Tachometers for eyes.

OK, Lou, get off the pot.

You're a winner.

What else?


Looks like you're going to have
that strange, exotic dinner with us.

I don't think so.
I don't think I'd be very good company.

I think I'll go to a movie.

The dirtiest one I can find.

A movie alone?
A beautiful woman like you?

- Impossible.
- Want to bet?

Oh, Frank.

Would you leave some money tomorrow
so I could pay the motel bill?

Is it a week already?

Oh, boy, oh, boy.


- Can I have Sunday?
- Depends on the car.

Frank, even God took a rest on Sunday.

I'm not God. That's my problem.

I sent your suit to the cleaners,
the dark one.

You'll have it back on Tuesday, OK?

You know what I thought would be nice?

To drive out to the country on Sunday
and have a picnic.

We'll see.

Are you going to sleep?

I am asleep.

- How you doing?
- Good.

Get everything all right?
Wait. Where are you going?

- I'm going to give you a hand.
- Go back to the motel.

You've been working too hard.
Go talk to your wife.

Yeah, Frank, you stay here.
You work.

- I'll go home and talk to your wife.
- All right, all right. You...

Frank, come back tomorrow morning.

Get some rest, baby.
You gotta qualify.

- What's he doing?
- He's just sitting in the car.

Frank Capua is the fifth man
to attempt to qualify on this first day

of the time trials
at Indianapolis, Indiana.

Why the hell isn't he running?

It's his concentration, Leo.
The car sounds good.


A rather disappointing,
slow trial his first day out here.

The fastest qualifier on this,
the first day,

will start with the coveted
number one position on race day.

He's flagged off by Leo Crawford
and the pit crew.

The man does not indicate
the chequered flag.

ft is not an official attempt.

Now it's your turn, Lou.

Now leaving the starting line,
Lou Erding

in Leo Crawford's other racing machine

as Frank Capua
limps in toward Gasoline Alley.

They'll go back and look things over

and determine if there's
something wrong with the car...

He's moving
back into the pit area.

The car?! be moved to Gasoline Alley.

They're going to look it over, and perhaps
they'll bring it out later today.

Lou Erding on the tack.
The pit watches...

He's on it! The green flag is out.

Erding out after the pole position.

Here it is!
First lap, 170.378 miles an hour.

It's the fastest...
that's been turned in today!

Erding turning in a terrific speed,
lap number two!

Just one-tenth of a second...

...170.281 miles an hour.

Two more laps to go
in the battle for the pole position!

Erding's now coming for the white flag.

Here it is, a new track record!

Lou Erding,

171.657 miles an hour!

- Look out! Bad racing luck!
- Erding has blown his engine!

Smoke pouring from the back
of the racing machine.

Lou Erding on his way to the fastest
qualifying speed, good chance to pole...

I'll get myself sorted out
by this afternoon.

I'm going to put Lou in your car, Frank.

- It's your car.
- Yeah, it's my car.

It's my money, my factory,
my reputation, it's my car.

What is the matter?

I gave you a better car than last year,
more horsepower, a better handling car

and you take it around
four seconds slower.

- Put him in it.
- I want a crack at the pole, Frank.

He can blow two engines in one day.
Ought to be some record.

That's the way I see it.

Now, if you want to put Lou's car
back together, you've got the crew.

- He's got my wife, why not my car?
- I didn't give him your wife, Frank.

- Yeah?
- Frank.

Who is this? Larry?

I didn't recognise your voice.

- What time is it?
- About a quarter to 11.

- I fell asleep in the chair.
- Frank, your boy's down here.

- Down where?
- At your garage.

- He's with his grandmother.
- He's looking for you.

Wait a minute.


- What are you doing in Indianapolis?
- I want to talk to you.

- How did you get here?
- I hitch-hiked.

- Did you let your grandmother know?
- I left her a note.

Did you call your mother?

No, sir.

- Stay there.
- Yes, sir.


Charley's here.

Where? He's with my mother.

- No, he hitch-hiked.
- From Redburne?

He's fine. I haven't seen him yet
but he sounds fine.

- What does he want?
- I'm going to go talk to him now.

Listen, a couple of things.
He can't stay with me.

I just thought I'd put him
in a cab later and send him over.

The other thing is your mother
must be out of her mind by now.

He just left her a note, so she's
probably too scared to call you.

Yeah. I'll call her right now.

- Never know what a kid'll do, do you?
- No, I guess not.

Are you still there?

Yeah, I'm here.

I hear you told Leo
where to put his car.

Something like that.

- Can you get another ride?
- I might.

What can I say.
Take care of yourself.

I really ought to break your neck,
you know?

She said there wasn't any fight.
You didn't have a fight or anything.

She said it was just
one of those things.

Things happen.

- What do people get married for, then?
- That's a good question.

Nobody can explain everything, Charley.

You were married. You don't have
to let her walk out on you like that.

What do you do?

What would you do?

Man, if it was my wife, I'd kill her.

Just her? Not him?

Why not both of them?

He's nothing to me.

Well, a thing like that is...

People stay married
'cause they want to, Charley.

Not because the doors are locked.

Where's the cab?

Maybe it picked up
another fare on the way.

No, if they take the call, they come.

Who gets custody of me?

Well, I guess you just stay in Redburne.

- Well, Elora wants me to live with her.
- We'll see.

Maybe I'll split it
and not live with either of you.

You've got a couple of years
before you take off on your own, sport


But you're not going to kick me around
like a piece of furniture.

I got something to say about it.

Don't you think we'll
talk about what you want?

I want to stay with you.

- We'll see, Charley.
- "We'll see"!

I don't live anywhere.
I stay in motels.

I went to court to get you, buddy.
That's just paper. She had you.

I didn't bring you up,
I just came along afterwards.

- I'll give you some money.
- I've got money.


Hoosier Motor Inn.

Take care.

I'll make some kind of decision.

I thought you already did that
when you adopted me.

You know I'm going to stay for the race.

I want to see you beat him.

- Hey, Leo, I want to talk to you.
- What do you want to talk about?

- You want to drive the car?
- Yeah.

I told you before,
it's there waiting for you.


Tell Larry the way you want it.

Just make it so it fits my can.


What? What is it?

What's the matter?
What time is it?

About a quarter to five.

I'm going out to the track.

Wait a minute. I'll go with you.

I'm going to see Frank.

I wish I had some coffee.

Charley, just stop right there, OK?

I want to talk to you.

What for? What are you going to accomplish?
You know the way I feel.

Yeah, I know the way you feel.

But you don't know the way I feel.

And I'm not going to
explain it to you, either.

You don't know about girls
past taking them to the movies.

You'd be surprised
what I know about girls, Mother.

Well, I might be surprised,
but I'm not interested.

What I am interested in, Charley,
is your attitude towards me.

I think you did a stinking thing.

I didn't do it on purpose to hurt Frank.

Explain it to Frank.

Frank doesn't treat me
like a tramp, and you do.

Maybe he's too nice to you.

lam your mother, Charley.
You give me some respect.

Look, people earn respect,
they don't get it.

I'm quoting you.

Charley, I didn't do you any harm.

You think if you and Frank break up
nothing happens to me?

I can't live two lives.
I can't live yours and mine too.


Be my friend, please?

It's a different Frank Capua
out there today.

Much faster than on the first day
of qualifications.

And here's the speed now
for Frank Capua's second lap.

166.189 miles per hour.

It seems that Capua
has really regained his touch.

167.921 miles an hour!

It's one of the fastest speeds
that's been turned in at! day.

The short chute...

...onto the fourth turn
and going for the chequered flag.

And there's the chequered flag

for the finished
qualification lap for Capua.

Fourth lap speed, Frank Capua,

169.182 miles an hour.

It's the fastest lap of the day.

That puts him 17th.

Here comes owner Leo Crawford,
a happy man with two cars qualifying.

Lou Erding in fifth position
and his partner Frank Capua in 17th.

Congratulations on a great ride. You're
in the field with a speed of 166.392.

You're in the sixth row, middle spot,
seventeenth slot. How do you feel?

I guess I should've gone quicker.

Should've gone quicker.
Congratulations, Frank Capua.

Frank! Frank, look this way.
Come on, give me a smile.

Leo Crawford. Mr Crawford!
How are things going? Pretty well, huh?

I am doing very well. I've got two
in this race. Frank here and Lou.


You're OK.

Hey, Ray, will you let the kid in?

You really don't have
any room for your feet.

Put your foot over to push the clutch
and everything gets tangled up.

It must get pretty hairy.

Put your foot off the brake, will you?

- What are you doing?
- Looking for something.

Boy, you're pretty compulsive.

I'm in the race but I got 16 guys
in front of me, buddy.

- Aren't you hungry?
- You trying to tell me something?

I'm hungry.

Leo trusts everybody.

Padlock the hair on his head
if he had any hair on his head.

You want something?

I read that in Germany
they got a lot of black eyes

from popping champagne corks like that.

- Yeah? Why Germany?
- I don't know.

Yeah, life is getting
too dangerous to live in it.


What's that for?

When you celebrate,
I celebrate too.

- Come on, you don't drink.
- What kind of a put-down is that?

I gotta start sometime. I'm 16.

- You wouldn't even like it.
- How do you know unless you try?

Take a sip.


- Good.
- Oh, my God.


- I'm going to get drafted in two years.
- You'll drink then.

- I won't know how.
- You'll know how.

Well, what do you want me to do,
drink with strangers?


If you get sick,
don't say I didn't warn you.

- Salud.
- Salud.

- So how's your love life?
- I like 'em.

All of 'em?

At first I didn't like any of them.
Then I started liking just one.

And then I started liking all of them.

You get going
with just one girl at my age,

- and it gets serious.
- Yeah.

When I get married I'm going to
keep my wife under my thumb.

You say that because you're only 102.
Wait till you're 154, like me.

- Are you 154 years old, Frank?
- Yeah, today.

Happy birthday.

How do you feel?

- Good.
- Great.

Not great. Good.

Frank, you know what?

How about a little sugar
in his gas tank? That'll fix him.

I read that in a magazine
about how the saboteurs work.

Do you think I'm drunk?

I don't need any sugar in the gas tank.
I'll beat that son of a bitch anyway.

I don't feel so good.

That's the price, swinger.
You know what you're going to do.

No. What am I going to do?

You go up the stairs.

You do not drop your clothes,
you fold them.

You jump into a pair of pyjamas
and you glide, very stylishly, into bed.

Right now.

- He's drunk.
- He's with me.

Good night, Mother.

Good night, Father.

Good morning, ladies and
gentlemen, reporting from Gasoline Alley

here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Weather Bureau reports
the skies will be clear

and the day beautiful
for the running of the 500.

There has been frenzied activity
all day long here at Gasoline Alley

as chief mechanics and drivers
have given the final OK

to their beautiful racing machine.

Good morning,
from the greatest course. It's race day.

From Indianapolis, Indiana,
the crossroads of America,

this is Sid Collins,
the voice of the 500-mile race...

[whistles blowing}

Here. I brought you this.
I don't know how to use it.

OK, now. Fire it up.

Let's roll her out.

it's time now to push the cars
to their starting positions...

The powerful racing monsters are being
rolled into their starting positions...

Just keep looking straight ahead.
You'll see me.

Let's make a dollar
out here today, all right?


Look, there's Frank.

Hello, Frank.

settling in their machines.

It's a tense moment now
at the starting line.

You take care of yourself
out there, all right?

The excitement and tenseness mounting

as the hour of the start approaches.

Here is the president
of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

Mr Tony Hulman,
with those famous words...

Gentlemen, start your engines!

The leading white pace car
moves into the number one turn.

The 33 cars
begin to unleash their power.

This is the parade lap.
The pace lap will follow.

Six, seven...

it's the most beautiful sight in racing.

Everybody up
and wave them on their way!

The pace car pulls off,
the green flag is out,

and the race is on!

I don't see him.

The race is stopped.

The red flag! The red flag is out.
The race is stopped.

What the hell happened?

That's him!

Did you touch anything, Frank?


I looked all over for you.

I'm OK.

All drivers, please report
to your cars at the starting line.

Please report to your cars
at the starting line.

All cars remaining in competition

will start single-file
behind the pace car.

There will be no parade lap,
ladies and gentlemen. No parade lap.

A single-file start behind the pace car.

Gentlemen, restart your engines!

He's OK.

Coming on to the straight away.
The pace car pulls off.

And the green flag is out.

And the race is on!

Johnny Rutherford, the leader,
in car number 18.

Les Bottineau, car number 25, challenges
for the lead on the number four turn.

Takes over! He's number one!

Car number 25 on the second lap.

Bruce Walkup is third...

Erding begins to make his challenge
in car number 42.

Erding is fourth,
trying to get by Walkup.

He passes Walkup.

Erding is now third.

Bottineau is first, Rutherford second,
Erding third. McCluskey is fourth.

Frank Capua in car number three

has just passed Jim McElreath
for tenth.

Capua now tenth
and moving up in the field.

Capua started 17th today,

has already picked up seven positions
and is a definite contender.

And Capua goes into ninth place.

Here are the official standings.
Les Bottineau in car number 25...

The drivers now starting to make
their first pit stops of the day.

Three are required.

Frank Capua coming in
for his first pit stop.

His team-mate Lou Erding, really moving

and closing in on number 18,
Johnny Rutherford.

Erding in second position,
and he's moving extremely fast!

Erding is now in second,

and he's closing the gap
on leader Les Bottineau.

Looks like there will be a battle
right now for the lead

between Bottineau and Erding.

It's an accident on the back stretch!

Trouble coming out of turn number two.

Two cars involved!
Two cars involved!

The yellow fight is on.

The starter waves the yellow flag.

Here's the report.

The accident involves Al Unser
in car number 24

and Carl Williams in car number 84.

Cars are pouring into the pits.

The leaders have now pitted.
Car 25, Bottineau,

and car 42, Luther Erding,

are both making pit stops
at the very same time.

Second place now is in the pits.

Whoever comes out first
should be in first place.

And Bottineau is out first.
He's in first position.

Capua signals for a pit stop.

Still under the yellow light,

Capua taking advantage of this
opportunity for his second pit stop.

Lou Erding in the number two position

begins his challenge of the leader
in car number 25.

Bottineau still leading.

Lou Erding again and again
taking chances.

He's manoeuvring all over the tack,
lapping the slower cars.

Pursuing the leader,
going into the back stretch.

Lou Erding after the leader!

He's almost up to him.

Moving at the end of the back stretch,
he's got him!

Lou Erding is moving away
from Les Bottineau in car number 25.

He's lapping car after car,
trying to run away with this event.

Erding's so far in front

ii looks like the thrill now
will be the race for second spot.

Bottineau's still running second,
but Capua's moving up in the field.

Capua now fifth.

Lou Erding running away from Bottineau,
trying to put this race away.

He's lapping the slower cars.

He's a half a lap ahead
of second place Bottineau.

Erding moving like a breeze
out in front, holding steadily.

His team-mate, Frank Capua, is on
Bottineau's tail fighting for second.

There's trouble on the back stretch!

It's... It's the leader Lou Erding!

Smoke pouring out of his car!

He moves to the infield.

He's out of this race!

It looked like he had this race won,

but his car wouldn't take the beating.

I told him to breathe that car.

It's a duel between Bottineau in first

and Capua in second!

Get him!

Move it!


- Going down to the last lap.
- Come on!

Moving to the inside.

And Capua's. .. got him!

Capua gets the chequered flag!

I won! I won! I won!

And he's still pouring it on.

Frank Capua's driving
that extra insurance lap

as if the race is still going on.

Frank Capua drove a classic race
out there today, ladies and gentlemen.

He nursed that car.
Held back in the pack.

Other drivers took the chances.

And then, on the last lap,
he moved ahead to win

and won the race in one of the
strongest finishes we've seen in years.



...our 500 winner!

At the top of the driving heap now!

The crew now moving in around the car,

attempting to assist Frank
out of the cockpit.

There's Leo.
He's pulling the helmet off.

Frank is out of the cockpit now.

...unopened Coke
and an opened bottle of milk.

Drinking milk.
An assist from Leo.

Now the Coke is back.
It's been opened.

We're trying to move in
a little closer now.

Following Queen Mimi Littlejohn
of the 500 festival now coming up.

There's the traditional kiss.

The kiss in victory lane
has been accomplished.

Another part of the record established.

How did it feel when you saw
that chequered flag?

Well, it felt pretty good.

A lot of people say when you
win the 500, it changes a man's life.

- Think that's true?
- I haven't got the slightest idea.

- How do you win from so far back?
- I took a few chances, I guess.

No, but the car was just first class.

- Leo, that's quite a driver.
- Best driver and car in Indianapolis.

Crawford Industries built that car...

How about that insurance lap?
How about that?

Didn't you know the race was over?

I didn't feel like stopping.

It'll only take a second.
That's more like it.

You're a big hero to my kids, Frank.

Hey! Here he is! The winner!

My brother-in-law, Sid.
His wife Hazel.

That's Norma, my wife,
the one I was telling you about.


- Listen, I'm just going to...
- Yeah, thanks a lot, Frank.

Hey, buddy, you ran a great race.
I was pulling all the way for you.

Now you can buy into that real estate
development we got near Hoover Dam.

- It's a retirement community.
- Write me about it.

Our aluminium's better than that stuff
you're using. Next time you get...

- Hello.
- Hi.

You really got lucky today, Frank baby.

Frank, you were just great.
You were great.

The way you handled
those yellow lights...

Hey, Unser, did you see this squirrel
when he tagged me today?

He looks pretty good
for an old squirrel.

- Congratulations. Looked great.
- Thanks, Bobby.

Oh, let me see it.
Let me see it.

Oh, it sure is big.

You did it, Frank.
You did it. You did it, Frank.

- Yeah, I did it.
- Yeah, sitting in my car.

Where was Lou when he was sitting in
your car? You gave him that car?

Well, Lou, he hasn't got it.

- He doesn't have it. You got it.
- Yeah, I got it.

Frank, Frank. What are you going to do
about a new contract?

- With you?
- With me, baby! Yeah, with me!

Leo, I'm going to come
and get your back teeth.

You son of a bitch,
you can have my back teeth!

- Well, listen.
- To what? What?

Let me tell you something.
That's the way it is with us winners.

Congratulations, Frank!

Come on, I'm on the phone.

Hey, Charley!

You bet I won, buddy.

Come on, I'm on the phone!

What? I can't hear you!

Hey! Buddy, hey!

I can't hear you! Come on!


They won't let me talk to him.

Well, you'll just have to stand in line
and wait your turn, Charley.

Congratulations, again.


Got a cigarette?

You going to Milwaukee?

Everybody goes to Milwaukee
after Indianapolis.

I'm sorry.

It wouldn't have happened
if I hadn't let it happen.

You've got a nice kid.

I hope you get
everything you want, Elora.

You too.

- Good job, Frank.
- Thank you.

Nice going, Frank.
You really got pushing them.

Thank you.

How are you, swinger?

Good morning. Beautiful, Franklin.
You're beautiful.

- So how did it go last night?
- So-so.

- I was looking for you.
- Yeah. Well, I saw you.

You gotta have a lot
of sore hair this morning.

I came to tell you that you really
did a good job. You set it up nice.

Frank, can you talk
a little louder, please.

- What?
- Could you talk...?

No, I mean it was nice.


...we probably could've used
a wilder cam.

- What do you think?
- I don't know. Try it in Milwaukee.

Well, listen, Frank. You...

We all made some money yesterday.

You know what I mean, Frank?

Oh, jeez. There's gotta be
something more than that.

'Morning, Mr Capua.

- Thank you.
- You're welcome.

Oh, by the way, Mr Erding's
waiting for you right over there.


You drove a good race.

I'd like to get this thing
straightened out.

We're going to be running
into each other and I...

I want to get it out of the way.

It was wrong.

I know that doesn't mean much, but...

It was wrong.

I pushed.

It's... the same way I drive.

It's my hang-up.

I break things.

I don't mean to.

Look, I'm not in the picture
any more now, so, um...

I don't know how you feel about her.

I'm out of it.

You win.

These people are gone.

You're supposed to be
in Milwaukee, aren't you?

Did you come and see Charley?

I came to see you.

I got the...

...divorce papers from the lawyer.

Well, I didn't think I had any right
to ask for anything, so I just...

ls everything OK?


- I mean your life.
- Oh, that.

Yeah, that.

I think we could make it now.

I'm no good at it, Frank.

This the way you see
your life laid out?

The safest place I can find.

That's the way
you want to play it, safe?

What difference does it make
how I want it?

I wanted you.

When I was getting undressed
to get in bed with Lou,

I wanted you,
but I got in bed with him.

You shouldn't have let that happen.

I've been married twice.
It didn't work out.

I don't think you were ever married.
I don't think either of us were.

- Let's just don't rake it up again...
- Hey!

I'm trying.

I'm trying to reach past the steering
wheel. Don't back away from me.

I don't need your second chance.

Well, maybe I do.

I'm driving good but my life is crap.

Hell, I drive good.

Work on the cars and I'll drive and
eat and sleep and work on the cars.

But my life is crap.

Well, I'm responsible for that.

No, you're not. I am.
You're to blame, but I'm responsible.

Or put it another way.
I'm to blame, you're responsible.

What the hell difference does it make?

I mean, I want you.

I don't think I'm as brave as you are.

Well, you're going to be.


Otherwise, we just went through
the whole painful mess for nothing.

Now, if you think we can make it,
we can make it.

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