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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

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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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The man...and the motion picture that simply do not conform. See more »

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1 November 1967 (USA)  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)
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According to Jack Lemmon's son Chris Lemmon in an Icons Radio Interview, Jack was originally selected to play the part of Luke, but after reading the script saw that Paul Newman would be better. So he decided to produce it instead. See more »

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1960s vehicles are visible in the background of some scenes. See more »

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The Girl: [Washing her car with the radio on loud to get the Prisoners attention]
Dragline: Hey, Lord... whatever I done, don't strike me blind for another couple of minutes.
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Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Sung by Harry Dean Stanton
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6 June 2004 | by (Donegal, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Amazing movie....watched it for the first time three or four years ago. Seen it plenty of times since......this, along with "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", is one of my favorite films of all-time. Luke is a truly memorable character; funny, tragic, inspirational.....a lot like Randle Patrick McMurphy. Paul Newman once again proved the Academy to be full of idiots, giving a great performance deserving of an Oscar. How he only won once, when Sally Field is the owner of two statuettes, is inexplicable. His run of classic films and touchstone characters from the 60s-70s (Luke, Fast Eddie, Butch, etc) is unparalleled. George Kennedy was good, too......I mightn't be good at critiquing, but I know what I like. And I like this.


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