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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

PG | | Drama | 1 November 1967 (USA)
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A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison.

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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. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by alfiehitchie

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Paul Newman enjoyed making the film, and when he wasn't needed on set, often tooled around the Stockton area either in a blue Mercury convertible or on a motorcycle. "I had great fun with that part," he said. "I liked that man." See more »

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The police car shown in the opening scene and when Luke is shot is equipped with a Federal Beacon Ray Model 174. The movie is set in the late '40 and that beacon was available until 1958. See more »

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Dog Boy: Look Cap'n, look what he done to Blue. He's dead, he's dead. he run himself plum to death.
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Midnight Special
Written by Howard Washington Odum
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton
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memorable
6 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Truly a memorable movie, and more than just a documentary about southern road gangs. It's a study on the theme of the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of oppression. I was about to name this as Newman's finest performance until I thought of Eddy Felsen in "The Hustler" and Frank Galvin in "The Verdict"; it's impossible to choose among such a cornucopia of acting achievements, but Luke is right up there (the analogy to Luke as Christ becomes a tad heavy-handed when we see him, at the close of the egg-eating scene, stretched out, arms outward, feet crossed, as if crucified; none the less, it's a powerful image). There is no doubt, however, about George Kennedy as Dragline; it is his finest achievement, and fully deserves the Oscar he got for Best Supporting Actor. It is also fascinating to find so many familiar faces among the inmates - actors such as Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Joe Don Baker, Ralph Waite. and Wayne Rogers - who would go on to fame in their own right. This movie can unquestionably be called a classic. American Movie Classics just started (11/2000) showing a beautifully restored letterbox version which shows it in all its glory.


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