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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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TASK #2: A film featuring a car wash or someone washing a car!
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…
Cool Hand Puke.
A friend suggested me this. A lot of emotions going on. Nice movie.
A very solid, competent and enjoyable enough film but not quite the masterpiece I expected it to be.
Paul Newman is ever the screen icon and Conrad Hall's cinematography is outstanding. The Christian imagery, however, was a bit overwrought for my liking and I never really believed that these guys were meant to be convicted criminals.
Everything else was executed well and artfully but it just failed to have the necessary impact on me. Worth it to see young Harry Dean Stanton (credited as Dean Stanton) and young Dennis Hopper though.
Pues de poco me acordaba, pero la escena de los huevos me ha hecho recordar que hace (muchos) años la había videado.
El film va creciendo exponencialmente marcado por una interpretación excelsa de Newman.
Poco se puede decir de una película como esta que hace tiempo que es un clásico del cine.
THIS. SCENE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9tuuznL1Y
Cool Hand Luke has solid characters, some very memorable sequences, a great first half and a terrific performance from Paul Newman and George Kennedy, but the second half is unfortunately too predictable, too inspirational and typical. The directing should have been better and the technical aspects all fall flat. It is a solid film, but ultimately the one which fails when compared to other films with similar story and structure.
Similarities to one flew over the cuckoos nest are striking
I guess every 10 years you need your anti-authority movie
This has superb photography from the late Conrad hall
Not the classic (at least anymore) that it was made out to be, but what a great cast. Besides Paul Newman, there's George Kennedy, Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton (just billed as Dean Stanton here), Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers and a very young Dennis Hopper. While watching it for the first time, I found it to be a strange film, but the more I thought about it afterwards, I get what they were going for now. The Blu-ray looks great, and there are some interesting interviews in the extras.
Releasing this during the Vietnam War set the perfect backdrop for this film about nonconformism. This film is also littered with great religous symbolism, most of it having to do with crusifiction. With phenomonal performances fron Paul Newman and George Kennedy, this is one of the greats of cinema and is definitely worth seeing.
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