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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.
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 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…
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…
This could very well be my favourite Paul Newman film ever. His performance is wonderfully understated, definitely one of his best roles. The notion of fighting to keep one's individuality under tyrannical rule has not been done better very often than in this film. Apart from it being a very intelligent film, with one of the best anti-heroes of all time it is also a beautifully shot film with incredible music by Schifrin. This should really be on everyone's watchlist, not only because of everything mentioned above, but especially for George Kennedy's performance. That's truly something else.
Settling old scores? I recall a small town where the parking meters took pennies. Violations have repercussions. Tickets ignored by folks from out of town on an annual excursion had even greater consequences the next year. One thing leads to another on a path of escalation and defiance. Lucas never quits but he quotes the captain and becomes a legend.
The movie is just Cool. I'm not going to go too deep with this but this film is just a fun good look at classic male bravado. The cast is fantastic, the humor is funny, the script is more than serviceable. It's just an all time classic
A suicidal cynic that wont stay down on the terms of another agent, when everyone around him already has, achieves the status of tragic hero because of it. Analytic to the concept of individualism within the contradictory rigid rule system it perpetuates instead of the intended other way around via the existential structuring by which Newman seemingly creates himself a vaccuum--something those surrounding him vicariously jump out of Plato's cave for, synthetic in proving the emptiness of it all.
I can't believe it has taken me so long to watch this movie. I have wanted to see it for years and last night I finally got the chance. Firstly, I can't believe how good it was. Secondly, I didn't think it would go the places that it went.
Should we checkmark all the brilliant things about this movie? Sure...
Newman was amazing as Cool Hand Luke and right from the get go you just know that this guy is one 'cool' mother. George Kennedy was amazing and deserved an Academy Award. Harry Dean Stanton, yes please. A really young looking Dennis Hopper, awesome.
The music, how sometimes…
Did I ever hope for Luke to grab a spade and go to town on a guard - that sound is the moral of the story flying right over my head...
8/10 - Mr White
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A great prison film, one of the best.
One thing that did strike me was juat how sadistic and punishing the film is.
I mean, having never seen it before, people have described certain scenes - the hard boiled eggs scene, for example - as comic relief.
Jesus, what film were they watching?
Really loved the grubbiness of it, you could really feel the dirt, sweat and heat in every shot.
I thank god Smellivision was never really a thing, because this would have been nigh on unwatchable with it.
Yep, it was great. But, of course it is, because of Paul Newman. You couldn't make this film now, especially with our crop of actors, it just wouldn't work.
Anyone who doesn't like this film spends a night in the box...
nobody can eat 50 eggs
Made me wish I was still in the classroom...the perfect evidence that rebellion wins in small ways. Newman's Luke is possibly American cinema's greatest Christ figure. He is betrayed and dies so that chain gang may live. Perfect pairing with Cormier's The Chocolate War...the novel, not the movie. A classic!
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