All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
Tells the stations of the cross of Luke who gains an undeniable Christian stature at the end of the road. You may have some fun by counting the blatant and the less obvious allusions to the Life of Jesus left by the screenwriters here. Academy award (well deserved) earned by George Kennedy in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. Masterpiece.
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…
Very good movie, lots of biblical allegories and a good message. Not much happened but I couldn't turn away or stop watching.
I was tempted to bump this up to 4.5. In many ways the ultimate feel-good anti-establishment flick: A film that will take your mind off of things and show you a good time in spite of reinforcing the fact that everything around you is shit, which is the reason you put it on in the first place. I see this becoming an all-time favorite of mine.
Reminded me a lot of The Bridge on the River Kwai for some reason... But what the hell was up with all the slow fading transitions and particularly that ending...
The orchestrated or artificial elements of the film clash too violently with its own story. This felt like an eccentric and theatrical director attempting to direct a script that wanted to be "gritty". and results in something uneven. I guess I get a night in the box.
Do you see the movie poster, with Paul Newman just chillin' laid-back, acting like this movie is as cool as its name? It's certainly misleading. The movie itself is cool, but Stuart Rosenberg and Paul Newman's 'Cool Hand Luke' is certainly an important and influential American drama about non-conformity in the face of authority. It's a blueprint for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
The movie is divided into two halves. The first is a fun, sometimes aimless one, that builds the relationship between Newman and deserved Academy Award winner George Kennedy. There's a hot chick, a boxing match, and 50 hard boiled eggs, but despite their association with the film, I…
"What we've got here is failure to communicate"
If It's a movie about the life in prison then it is one of the greatest films of all time. But, I know deep down that it's not only about the life in prison or about someone who's trying to escape many times and failed again and again, and that makes even greater. It's a small picture of a giant rotten world, a world full of laws and rules, a world full of lies and liars. Why can't I live my life as an outlaw? a life that I choose to live and I have the right to do so. why it's always about following the rules? Isn't boring to live a life like that? a life that's planned for you by men.
That scene in the church is one of my favorite scenes of all time, and that last smile of Paul Newman is just as legendary as his performance.