Paul Newman’s character is actually a lot cooler than this movie poster makes out

Need a one-dimensional movie villain? Consider The Bronx.

“Shoot a purse snatcher — they’d crucify me!”

“Say he pulled a knife — we’d back you up.”

This bit of dialogue between two cops on the beat in the film is typical of the movie’s overall tone. It presents the South Bronx as a place where a decent man, in this case Paul Newman, is struggling to stand up straight while…