Woodward, Parsons, Stern (screenwriter), and the picture itself were all nominated for Oscars, and Newman and Woodward both won awards from the New York Film Critics. While other directors were impressing with their flash and technique in the 1960s, Newman chose to make a small,
understated, and very sensitive film as his directorial debut. It was sometimes halting and quite spare, but the overall effect was excellent and business was meritorious, something no one expected. Newman had trouble securing the financing and was saved by then-production chief Ken Hyman, a man
with some foresight who recognized the need for this kind of story. Shot on location at various ...