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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

 -  Crime | 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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On the chain gang, they'd seen every kind of man...but Luke became a legend. See more »

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In the "road-tarring" sequence, the actors actually blacktopped a mile-long stretch of highway for the county. See more »

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Dog Boy fills Luke's plate with more food than Luke can eat, saying gleefully that Luke will be punished for not cleaning his plate by spending the night in the box. However, as punishment for his escape attempts, Luke is already being made to spend every night in the box. See more »

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Arletta: Ya know, sometimes I wished people was like dogs, Luke.
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Referenced in Night Court: Educating Rhoda (1988) See more »

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Newman Perfectly Cast as an Anti-Establishment Hero
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cool Hand Luke" lives up to its name.

This ultra-cool anti-establishment film stars Paul Newman, perfectly cast as a cocky hot-shot prisoner who refuses to accept the servile conformity demanded from him on a chain gang. The film joined the same year's "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Graduate" to usher in over a decade of marvelous films that seriously questioned all sorts of establishments, and made Hollywood (and movies) relevant again.

Full of iconic images and scenes, like the chain gang boss and his reflective aviator sunglasses; the girl in tight pants and halter top soaping up a car (parodied ever since); or the sight of Newman lying in crucifixion pose on a table, belly distended after engaging in an egg-eating contest.

Character actor George Kennedy gets sidekick honors, and Jo Van Fleet appears in a memorable cameo as Newman's mom.

A true classic from the 60s.

Grade: A


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