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I cannot recall the first time that I viewed this film nor can I recall how many times I have seen it...quite a few over the years. Simply, "Cool Hand Luke" is my favorite movie. Combine a screenplay about a prison chain gang in the deep south, with Paul Newman playing the part of a sly, resourceful inmate bent on escape, and you have the ingredients of a masterpiece. By the way: Luke is incarcerated for cutting the tops off of parking meters. Why? You never quite find out!
Luke is a complex character who always seems to be in conflict with himself as well as all authority. He's certainly not a good role model, but everyone would want to be somewhat like him in a few ways. He earns the respect of his fellow inmates while conversely earning the enmity of the captain and the guards. "What we have here... is failure to communicate" is the classic line spoken by Newman's co-star Strother Martin in one of the most powerful scenes. That could very well be the theme of this movie.
"Cool Hand Luke" contains all of the ingredients of a fine film: good plot, conflict, drama, tragedy, and humor. The cast is one of the best ever assembled for this type of subject mattter. George Kennedy and Ralph Waite are other notable actors with prominent roles. For those concerned about mature content, it is pleasing to report that there is no foul language. There is violence but not graphic by today's standards.
I looked for this DVD in stores all around my area before finding it on Ebay. It will certainly be used often as I never tire of the superb acting and memorable scenes- a true movie classic. If you have not seen "Cool Hand Luke" I highly recommend it. Do you want to know if anyone can eat 50 boiled eggs in one hour? Buy the movie! James Lythgoe
COOL HAND LUKE (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967, USA) Lucas Jackson can’t escape: from tyrannical authority, cruel injustice, or himself and his own spontaneous nature. Imprisoned for damaging municipal property (drunkenly destroying parking meters) he is sent to a hard labor work camp…for two years! His failure to conform after many sadistic punishments is ultimately a failure of communication between two disparate social classes: those with power and those without. This Fascist regime demands assimilation, to not only come into the fold but also be changed, recast into an automaton…no longer human. Luke is no hero, he is not out to make a statement or become a “Natural Born World Shaker”; he only desires to die as he lives… a man, no better or worse than anyone else. The film opens with the word VIOLATION and Luke is shown drunk, slouched against a row of decapitated parking meters whose vanishing point is punctuated by a red light. This sets the tone for the entire film and is a beautiful composition. The atmosphere of corruption and futility is reflected in the mirror shades of the eyeless sentinel, this barbaric executioner, who passes gunshot judgment upon our unarmed protagonist. This existential tragedy ironically contrasts Luke as a messiah with its none too subtle religious iconography (Luke’s Christ pose), his thunderous invocation during the rainstorm, and his final heavenly appeal in a literally empty church. His response from above is only his own voice, echoing throughout the rotting wooden rafters. As Luke disappears into the eternal night, his lips curl into a sly smile, his life forfeit but not his humanity. The tires crunch the killer’s mirror shades indicating that Luke’s death and suffering may have changed something, may have touched one damn person in this entire world and however slightly, made it a better place. The truth will soon be forgotten but the legend will live forever. Luke has been playing with a fixed deck but sometimes, nothing can be a real cool hand. (A+)
The Blu-ray quality is excellent with great image depth, contrast, and proper color saturation. The PCM audio is clear but undstinguished. This is the best presentation of this classic film that you will ever see.
For my money, Cool Hand Luke is in the top 20, maybe top 10, movies of all time. I'd rate it 'excellent' on so many levels:
Storyline: It's an unusual story about a man of generally high character that just can't seem to get ahead. If he has a tragic flaw it's that he can't abide unfair treatment. The literary will tell you that his story parallels the life of Christ (and go on about the symbolism of the scene after he eats the eggs).
Acting and Actors: Extraordinary dramatic performances by a young Paul Newman and George Kennedy. The movie was also featured Wayne Rogers, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, and Joe Don Baker early in their acting careers.
Setting: Just name another movie set in a chain gang in Florida. (In an episode of Cheers, the boys are arguing about the 'sweat-iest' movie ever made. Frazier trumps them all with Cool Hand Luke.)
Impact on Popular Culture: There are a number of elements in this movie that have become part of our culture. [And, I might add, none of them brazenly added with that end in mind.] "What we have here, is a failure to communicate" is, perhaps, the most common reference to this movie. Then there is the 50 eggs, Joy Harmon's car wash, "What's your dirt doing in [boss Kean's] ditch?", "Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand."
Paul Newman gives an outstanding performance in this motion picture as a convict dealing with life on hard labor in the south.
The real delight in this story is the performance by George Kennedy (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor). Newman stands out in his role, however without the performance by Kennedy the movie would not have been the big hit that it was.
Highly recommended for a great story line and wonderful, fun acting.
Rated 5 of 5 - this movie belongs in everyones DVD collection.
1967 This film is one of my all time favorites! Paul Newman stars as the hero, down on his luck, who gets taking to jail. He makes friends with most everyone and as fun doing it. He refuses to comform, as does so in a funny way. A great comedy as well. Lots of classic lines that everyone knows. You must watch this film! Also starring George Kennedy, Strother Martin, JD Cannon.
One of the Best ever!