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Cool Hand Luke

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1967
  • Stuart Rosenberg
  • 121 mins
  • 15

Summary

Prison drama starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy. After being sentenced to two years on a chain gang, Luke Jackson is faced with the unrelenting demands of the camp's daily routine. However, his resilience quickly antagonises the gang boss.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Chiming perfectly with the Summer of Love in which it was released, this subtle blend of acknowledging the needs of the individual and respecting a freedom of spirit was one of the key American films of the 1960s. It's basically an old-fashioned chain-gang movie - not much had changed at Warner Bros since the days of Paul Muni's I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang - except that this time the tale is told in stunning Technicolor. Paul Newman is superb in the Muni role, and both the prologue and the egg-eating scene have become screen classics. The religious symbolism does get a little tiresome, but the movie is clearly the career high point of director Stuart Rosenberg and a real credit to Jack Lemmon's production company. The film was also influential in the massive popularity of Raybans!

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Credits

Cast

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Luke JacksonPaul Newman
DraglineGeorge Kennedy
Society RedJ D Cannon
KokoLou Antonio
Loudmouth SteveRobert Drivas
CaptainStrother Martin
ArlettaJo Van Fleet
CarrClifton James
Boss GodfreyMorgan Woodward
Boss PaulLuke Askew
RabbittMarc Cavell
BabalugatsDennis Hopper
Blind DickRichard Davalos
GamblerWayne Rogers
TrampHarry Dean Stanton
AlibiRalph Waite
Dog BoyAnthony Zerbe
SleepyJames Gammon
FixerJoe Don Baker

Crew

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DirectorStuart Rosenberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Pathe Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, brief nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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