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Cool Hand Luke
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.
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.
Though I am unsure of Frank Darabont’s influence of Cool Hand Luke in his making of The Shawshank Redemption, the now lauded prison film that has touched and moved its audience since upon its release, but seeing Stuart Rosenberg’s 1967 film, one can see a striking resemblance in the characters and their interactions with one another.
However, unlike Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne, Paul Newman’s Luke exists with a far greater complexity as the film introduces us to Luke with a sense of distance, knowing only of the crime that he has committed, and through the film’s progress we gain only enough snippets to earn an idea of who this person is, refusing a clear cut refinement that lesser films would…
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.
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One of the most popular films of all time, which I hadn't seen until now. The only glaring issue to be found is Stuart Rosenberg's direction, which is quite frankly a horror show of ineptitude. It does absolutely zero favors to anything, but Cool Hand Luke still manages to make for a gripping prison drama. The characters are all memorable and played terrifically by a wonderful cast of talented actors. The script and Lalo Schifrin's score are both solid too, and of course, you can't forget the excellent lead performance from the always awesome Paul Newman. Definitely deserving of its status as a classic.
"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…
Feel-good to the point of being overly sentimental, Cool Hand Luke succeeds in creating a buddy-like atmosphere in a place where community and friendship is all one has. Though Paul Newman I did not find particularly special - indeed he seemed to play a close-to-squeaky-clean version of himself, George Kennedy steals the show for the entire movie. His booming voice, rocking the walls of the prison shacks, combined with his affable demeanor fuse together to create a character at once despicable and lovable. Like that older sibling who only bothers you because he or she loves you, Kennedy as Dragline helps inspire an atmosphere both infused with masculine toughness and tender brotherly love.
I've never seen an eating contest that suspenseful as Paul Newman eating 50 eggs in an hour.
Un Paul Newman único que sirve para acompañar a un film impactante y sobrecogedor; divertido y cruel; con un guión perfecto que, junto con una banda sonora sublime y excelente, y unas interpretaciones solemnes, marcan el compás y el ritmo de una película que en ningún momento declina o está al borde de hacerlo, sino que simplemente continúa y sigue sorprendiéndote y entreteniéndote hasta el último suspiro. Además, en este caso, un último suspiro literal, que sirve para concluir una obra excepcional que, sin ningún tipo de duda, será recordada a lo largo de la historia.
Callin' it your job don't make it right, boss.
This film exudes cool. Like Newman himself, it's effortless and at ease in its quest to have a sweet-ass time. A little melancholy and a lot of style. Like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest without Kesey's intrusive politicking.
Pues sí. Ha envejecido muy bien. Sigue siendo quizás una de las películas mas devastadoras y cínicas sobre la imposibilidad de rebelarse contra el sistema.
No tenemos nada para hacerle frente. Mientras mas nos rebelemos, menos tendremos. Mas cadenas, mas torturas, mas exclusión.
Pero no hay opción. Como dice el buen Luke: "sometimes, nothing can be a real cool hand".
This film is a masterpiece.
Luke is a real person, one of those types that many of us have known at least once in our lives. You marvel both at their coolness and at the effortlessness with which they pull it off. He's admired without ever asking to be admired. Newman's Luke is also troubled and lost and immediately gains our sympathy. I felt genuine disappointment every time his escapes failed. Great performances by Newman and all the supporting cast, and beautiful cinematography by Conrad Hall. Wonderful movie.
I'd forgotten how good this is. Possibly Newmans finest performance, it's certainly my favourite. Perfectly cast, Newman's charisma and talent play an equal part. Luke is one of the most enduring characters of American cinema yet he has somehow not received the recognition he deserves. Much like the actor who played him. Cool Hand Luke is not quite a one man show but it may as well be because whenever he's on screen Newman owns it.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Cool Hand Luke earns his nickname by raising the stakes while holding bad cards. He wins the hand because the other guy wasn't sure he could win. This is part of poker, and it's the part that makes it fun.
But what happens when you're never holding the cards? When the other guy's got a better hand than you, and he knows it? You can't win, no matter how you play it. All you can do is decide whether to fold.
It takes a lot to make Luke fold. In one of the earliest scenes, he's in a boxing match with Dragline, the head honcho in the prison (played marvelously by George Kennedy), and he gets knocked down. He gets…