inside the mind
I love this film. I love Paul Newman. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. I never really thought of it as a prison film because to me it is all about the relationships - with himself, with God, with his family and people in power.
There just is no one to compare to Paul Newman. From start to finish, over decades of being in our lives, no one, NO ONE, can compare to him for sheer beauty, sheer humanity, sheer verve for life.