Overall Rank: 148
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 375
Theatrical Release Date: 11/01/1967
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 09/09/2008
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Actors: Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin, George Kennedy, J. D. Cannon, Lou Antonio
Plot: A man who refuses to confrom to prison law is a favorite amongst inmates, but hated by the men who gaurd him.
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FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 11/28/2012
Cool Hand Luke is twice my age, but twice as 'cool' as most movies that have been out since.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 11/01/2011
Cool Hand Luke is a smoldering, slow burn of a movie that is sparked by Paul Newman's defiant powerhouse of a performance. The film's brilliant cinematography and shot selection are also often overlooked, but they contribute to the tense feel of the whole film, which is essentially an extended standoff between prison and inmates.
dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/15/2011
Paul Newman was great in this movie.1 of Newmans best
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/23/2012
An entertaining mixture of human frailties and humor. A war veteran Lucas Jackson (Paul Newman) gets arrested and meets the leader of the prisoners Dragline (George Kennedy). Screenplay was effective and thought provoking with lines: "I got my mind right." and popular "What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. And I don't like it any more than you men." The performances from the cast were just authentic. Soundtrack and direction were wonderful as well. It was interesting to see how the guards and prisoners thing at that point in time. An epic drama about death, friendship, unity, resourcefulness and never giving up were well exemplified throughout the film. …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/25/2012
One of the all-time icons of cinematic rebellion, Luke is thrown into a chain gang for two years when he gets drunk and decides to decapitate all of his small southern town's parking meters. His stubborn refusal to bow to the will of authority eventually makes him a hero to his fellow prisoners but a target to the brutal prison guards determined to break his spirit. Cool Hand Luke is a classic prison drama that has a strong message about subjugation and conformity and its effects on the human spirit. Luke is shown as a very likable but almost psychotically self-destructive obsessive whose total inability to defer to figures of authority (even god himself) makes him an almost legendary figure in the eyes of those less willful who vicariously experience his acts of rebellion to give them …
mdtinney - wrote on 10/05/2009
Paul Newman is "Cool Hand Luke" in this 1967 film that co-stars a lot of familiar faces: Strother Martin, George Kennedy, Wayne Rogers, and Ralph Waite. However, "Cool Hand Luke" is worthwhile for a lot more than the cast. It's the vintage Newman antihero, coming along during the era of protest and noncomformity. Luke is a man put on a prison chain gang for vandalizing parking meters. He wins the admiration of his fellow inmates with his refusal to conform to the rules. There are many famous scenes and lines, one of the most famous being when Luke casually announces that he can eat 50 eggs. Newman's take on this role is fantastic - he underplays, speaks with a measured tone of voice, betraying his emotions in his eyes and his bemused smile - but when he lets loose with the goods - look …
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