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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…
This is one charming film, so beautiful and cute; you almost groove into it. Simply an awesome performance from late Paul Newman!
"What we've got here is failure to communicate!"
I've often made reference to directors being the primary force behind a film. And in many respect that is true, as it is ultimately the director who is responsible for marshaling the talents of the individuals around them to create a coherent vision, and more often than not that artistic vision is by design at the discretion of said director.
But there are films that defy that kind of classification, Cool Hand Luke being one of those. This is a film that succeeds solely on one thing and one thing alone, and that is the magnificent performance of Paul Newman in the title role. Unlike other overwhelming lead performances that tend to chew up all the scenery around them (think…
Whoa, so that's what Paul Newman sounds like?
I thought this was a western. It was not. It also made me never want hard boiled eggs again.
What more can you say? It's a classic
Man did I enjoy this prison drama starring Paul Newman in his most iconic role as "Cool Hand" Luke, which he was nominated for a Oscar for best actor. George Kennedy also was great as one of his fellow inmates named Dragline who won him a Oscar for best supporting actor. Just great performances overall driven by Paul's rebel attitude performance accompanied with a stellar script. I loved this movie, and I suggest anyone watching this classic movie.
I was thinking of this movie all day today, and I just have to log something here -- maybe not a review, but something.
Basically, the story told in this movie is pretty much the same as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's the same exact story, just with different actors.
On one hand you've got Jack Nicholson, and on the other you've got Paul Newman. Now Jack Nicholson's obviously great and all, but he's no Paul Newman.
In Cool Hand Luke, Newman takes a character who could have easily been an angry rebel, and turns him into someone noble. Someone endearing. Someone who even the crustiest old cynic could smirk at and say, "Hey, I like this guy."…
Apart from the wonderful performances across the board and cool reflection-shots in sunglasses, this is a timeless story that could only be made in that specific climate of the late 60s.
The overt Christian imagery casts Luke as a savior for the weaker members of the chain-gang, but he is mostly quiet and reluctant to take that role. He is just a rebel that won't give in to the Man, without any other moral virtues. All the prisoners seem to be guilty of petty crimes, so they are easy to sympathize with as the Man punishes them in unreasonably cruel ways. They are not innocent or good hearted though. That view of a Christ as a quiet rebel is so…
Newman is a boss.
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