Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Cool Hand Luke
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks.
Any man who doesn't like this movie gets a night in the box.
Paul Newman was a legendary, gifted actor, and when I hear his name the first thing that comes to mind is Cool Hand Luke. The film is more than just a prison story, it is a fantastic character study about a man whom is incapable of conforming to the rules of society, both in and out of lock up. When we first see Luke, he is intoxicated and destroying parking meters by cutting off their heads. When the police arrive his reaction makes him seem merely like a drunk making a dumb decision, but as the film goes on it is obvious he simply cannot stop himself from breaking the rules, especially when faced with the strict routine of prison life.
Brilliant performances by the entire ensemble, but Paul Newman as Luke and George Kennedy as Dragline are clearly the stars here, stealing every single scene. A great film that I had not revisited in years.
When he's eating the eggs and starts doing squats and the camera rocks back and forth with him, oh, it's just the best thing ever. Conrad Hall, what a champ.
What a strange film. It's kind of like the Birdman of Animal House, or Shawshank of the Nerds. A prison film, but with the heart of a frat house comedy. I'm still not sure what to make of it.
I liked Newman a lot, though I can't say I was totally sold on some of the emotional beats that come for him part way through the film. As the quiet, but cocky, sly guy who could essentially run the joint without really saying a word, I thought he was awesome. He represents strength and hope to everyone there and you can see how invested they become in him later in the film.
There are some great sequences here, like when…
"What we've got here is failure to communicate".
Paul Newman has the bluest eyes of anyone I have ever seen. On blu ray they sparkle like diamonds just like this film. The quintessential chain gang movie this follows ex-war hero Newman on his road to self-destruction. Southern hospitality doesn't come much meaner than this as our Paul becomes the ultimate anti-hero in a cinematic landmark. Directed with aplomb by Stuart Rosenberg with a stellar supporting cast and a blistering performance from it's star man this is a wonderful film. Harry Dean Stanton,Dennis Hopper,Joe Don Baker,Anthony Zerbe and Oscar winner George Kennedy make up a cast of memorable screw-ups amid the baking southern heat. Newman brings to life one of the…
Film 1 of 10 on Josiah Morgan's list for me.
Is this the sweatiest film of all time? Guys I think this is the sweatiest film of all time.
Fun to see Harry Dean Stanton and Dennis Hopper in small roles.
It's reminiscent of other New Hollywood-era prison films like The Great Escape. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen are both archetypes of the same brand of that 60's cold man. You know the kind I'm talking about. You know the one.
I think it's much too obvious to paint underlying American ideals in such broad strokes though. Because Newman's character, and the men surrounding him as well, are too simple, too Hollywood if you will, there's nothing to…
I'm surprised it took me so long to see this. This was great and Paul Newman, as always, was stellar.
One of the most intriguing explorations of a Christ Figure put to screen.
A prison staff works to destroy the spirit of a prisoner.
what the plot contains, the movie shows in a tedious vastness of time. it is told very slowly, and reminds me of a filmed theater piece, scene by scene. It is well photographed and follows an concise story, where the producers make no mistakes. nevertheless, the movie does not hold up to today's standards.
A prison film with our hero dubbed Cool hand Luke.
Paul Newman in what is for me is his greatest performance amongst many
Luke is the man who refuses to let the authorities break him whilst continuing on down the road that can only have one outcome
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. - IMDB
Much more about the actors and their characters than anything else, this film is a gem for them and not much else. Especially the films protagonist in Luke, Paul Newman's suave and silent kinda character.
The other winner in this film for mine is the look of it all. The rugged terrain and harsh environment that the inmates are faced with is amazing and serve as a great backdrop for the great characters to reflect off of.
Something that shocked me from the film is how the song during the Tar Sequence is the theme for Channel 9 News (in Australia) and many other news stations from around the world. The things you find out from films, huh?
This film is just classic scene after classic scene. Filled with multiple complete and complex characters, 'Cool Hand Luke' is thrilling from start to finish. You cannot watch this and not see Lucas Jackson as a hero.
Historically, this is a very important film. Along with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman birthed a tidal wave of true anti-heroes that is still surging through Hollywood today.
That being said, Cool Hand Luke is the story of perhaps the greatest one of them all. Lucas is put into a rural jail where he does work for the local roads; he is convicted of vandalizing parking meters under the influence. Within the other 'criminals, he starts to make a reputation of himself as someone with a "cool hand", he bluffs well in poker, eats 50 eggs and becomes a pseudo-legend. The directing isn't outstanding, but works greatly with the imagery the director uses, as well as perfected blocking. The magic in…
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