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A natural-born world shaker
- Kathy Erickson
Cool Hand Luke is one of my all-time favorite movies. The cast, setting, and soundtrack combine to illuminate this unforgettable film.
Cool Hand Luke
- Dashiell B.
The major film which cemented Newman's reputation as the 60's iconic anti-hero. Newman shines as the title character who refuses to conform to chain gang life, Kennedy won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as his bully-turned-friend. A product of it's time, The story deals with rebellion & includes religious motifs, but the story falters in it's second act and waddles throughout. It's few flaws are over-shadowed by Newman's charm. I give it a 4/5.
Paul Newman At His Finest
Cool Hand Luke is to me to the finest work of Paul Newman's splendid career. Jo Van Fleet in a role turned down by Bette Davis is very fine as always. btw a bit of trivia this film was produced by Newman's peer Jack Lemmon via Lemmon's Jalem Company thru Warner Bros. A Must see film
Cool Hand Luke(1967)
Women LOVE Paul Newman, Enjoy this eye-candy festival of ole blue eyes sans shirt. Film of a directionless rebel, but women LOVE Paul Newman, so enjoy.
A Rebel With a Cause.
- Frank Harris Horn
Paul Newman is in rare form in one of the greatest performances of his glorious career as he stars in the title of Lukas Jackson, a member of a Southern chain gang, who defies the authority of the prison system. George Kennedy gives an Oscar-winning performance as "Dragline", a fellow inmate, who challenges Luke to an egg-eating contest. Strother Martin is the ruthless prison warden, who growls the movie's most famous line, "What we have here is...a failure to communicate." Donn Pearce, who co-wrote the adapted screenplay with Frank R. Pierson based on his own best-seller, spent two years on a chain gang himself for two years. A perfect cast for a perfect prison movie. Don't miss the scene in which Joy Harmon sexually teases the convicts with an equally sexy car wash. Also starring J.D. Cannon, Lou Antonio, Robert Drivas, Jo Van Fleet, Clifton James, Morgan Woodward, Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Anthony Zerbe, Ralph Waite, Wayne Rogers, Luke Askew, Robert Donner, Marc Cavell, Charles Tyner, John McLiam, Richard Davalos, Warren Finnerty & Buck Kartalian.
- Vinny Castellano
Paul Newman is at his best as the unlucky loner Luke Jackson. His performance, along with a talented supporting cast and excellent script, make Cool Hand Luke one of the greatest movies ever. From the light-hearted egg-eating contest to the poignant conversation with his dying mother, Newman once again shows his ability and range as an actor. The messages about religion, freedom, and abuse of power make this 60s movie relevant for any decade. Newman's performance was worthy of an Oscar. - (one of many he didn't get)
50 Eggs In One Hour!
- Bruce Reber
"Cool Hand Luke" is one of my all-time favorite Paul Newman films. He gives a powerful performance as Luke Jackson, a non-conformist who does whatever he wants and shakes up a Southern chain gang with his defiance of authority and rebellious attitude. The scene where Luke bets the other inmates that he can eat 50 hard boiled eggs in one hour (and actually does it!) is an all-time classic. Newman should have won the best actor Oscar that year (1967), but George Kennedy won for best supporting actor as the chain gang leader Dragline in a very good perfromance. To me "Cool Hand Luke" reflects the anti-establishment and anti-authority attitude of the 1960's. Excellent-four stars.
Cool Hand Luke
- Pat Turman
I defy anyone to watch this movie and not become an instantaneous Paul Newman fan.
One of THE great American films
- Bobby Mack
Probably my favorite movie of all. A film rich in story, symbolism, and terrific performances. A much deserved supporting actor Oscar for George Kennedy, but Paul Newman was stiffed for the best actor award (again.) I considered Newman's performance as one of the all time greats.