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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.
This movie does not have the failure to communicate.
Awesome. Boiled eggs will never be the same!
Erst cool, dann ernst.
Eine neue Kerbe in einem von mir geliebten Sujet, dem Gefängnisfilm, mit tonaler Ähnlichkeit zu Gesprengte Ketten und einem Gitarrenthema sowie einer Autowasch-Szene, die im Kopf bleiben.
This is John Cusack's favorite movie in Serendipity. And he's got a point - it's pretty great.
Oh, so that's what Ethan Hawke was talking about with the whole 50 eggs thing in Reality Bites. That makes sense now. Well, actually it doesn't. He just says it for absolutely no reason at all. He just makes a reference to a movie from the 60's completely out of the blue for no reason. Because he's so edgy, I guess? That line seems even more lame now that I've seen this.
Wait, the Channel 9 Nightly News intro theme comes from the Cool Hand Luke score? I've been listening to that theme several times a week for 30+ years and never knew…
"Sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand."
I think prison films just aren't really my thing. I first watched this film about five years ago after years of hearing the name. That first time, I didn't really know what to expect, but I think I expected something a bit more. I was left pretty underwhelmed, despite the film's prominence. In fact, I really only remembered the egg scene and the general concept of the chain gang. It simply didn't leave much of an impression on me.
I'm not sure why, but for some reason I thought it would be different this time around. And, once again, I was fairly underwhelmed. I was able to apprciate the editing and cinematography…
shout out to my human behavior teacher for making us watch this
Not sure how to rate this one at the moment. On the one hand this seems like one of those foundational films whose DNA can be found in the far reaching corners of cinema. On the other hand it butters up the Christ imagery a little thickly for me. But Paul Newman is so great, and the filmmaking on display is so masterful (you viscerally feel his pain during the "don't hit me anymore" scene) that it makes the obvious Jesus allegory palpable.
Cool cats jailbird melodrama.
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