Cool Hand Luke (1967)

 


 

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Genre: Crime,Drama

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
   
Release Date: 1 November 1967 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Cast:
  • Paul Newman
  • George Kennedy
  • J.D. Cannon
  • Lou Antonio
  • Robert Drivas
  • Strother Martin
  • Jo Van Fleet
  • Clifton James
  • Morgan Woodward
  • Luke Askew
  • Marc Cavell
  • Richard Davalos
  • Robert Donner
  • Warren Finnerty
  • Dennis Hopper


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31 Responses to Cool Hand Luke (1967)

  1. arnomation
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    One day I popped this DVD in (I watch it often) and and after twenty minutes my brother in-law started bitching and moaning about how slow and boring it was and how it was killing him to sit through it. He’s 29 years old and I just looked at him in astonishment and asked him if his generation can only handle quick cuts and non-stop action in order to make something watchable. Do younger movie fans like this film? It’s in my Top 5 of all-time and I’m a big fan of the pacing of films from the late 60’s and 70’s that I feel is missing from todays movies. There’s something special about this movie that I think would prevent it from ever making it to the big screen if it was pitched today. I’m confident that they would just ruin it.

  2. orangewarm
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    Why not just do the two years, get out and get a job?

  3. HopperAvenue
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    No doubt! I hate melodrama… TSR is full of it.

  4. BoycottSals
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    If i was a policeman, i’d arrest the man in the sunglasses because you’re not allowed to go around shooting people in the neck. It’s against the law.

    -Somebody wake up Hicks-

  5. chelseaal
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    Was the dog really dead when the dog handler took his body from the car, showed the captain then cradled ‘Blue’ whilst crying?

    It looked dead to me!

  6. dajoker85
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    Anyone noticed the Jesus pose on the table after Luke scarfs down all 50 eggs?

  7. bartfargo67
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    I don’t know if chain gangs were segregated in the south US in the 40s, there weren’t any shown in here or it may have been by chance that everyone was white here. But if they were, was it even worse for them than it was for what was depicted in this movie? When i viewed it, it seemed really harsh to be in one of these rural prisons there and then, was it the same treatment for black prisoners?

  8. sevastokrator
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    You will learn the rules. It’s all up to you. I can be a good guy, or I can be a real mean son of a bitch. It’s *all* up to you.

    He is but an employee who can as well lose his job if he breaks the same rules, and someone else would come to his place to enforce them instead of him. He and the other prison guards don’t seem sadistic to other prisoners, that side comes to surface only after repetitious Luke’s display of spite and disobedience and only after his SECOND successful escape.

    Ironically, he is a man of his word and he gave a good and true advice in the very beginning.

  9. Oopz
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    I don’t get it.

  10. WhereIsBenny
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    I just finished listening to the commentary track by Eric Lax on the new Deluxe Edition of Cool Hand Luke. For the most part the commentary was informative, but at the end, Lax said something that bothers me. He said that the movie was original suppose to end after Luke was shot and was hauled away. The studio heads objected to the downer ending and had director Stuart Rosenberg tack on "saccharine uplifting" scene where a recaptured Dragline perpetuates the legend of Cool Hand Luke by embellishing his demise to the other cons. Lax says this is an "implausibly happy ending".

    I’m not disputing that the director was forced to change the ending, but I did not find the Dragline "eulogy" ending to be implausible nor overly happy. I thought it was entirely consistent and within character for Dragline to sing Luke’s praises. Dragline did it when he was alive, so why not in death? He wanted to remind his fellow cons (and the movie viewers) what unique character Luke was. I thought it was a good way to end the movie.

    Did anyone else think that the ending was inappropriately upbeat?

  11. eldorado-7
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    Who’s cooler: Newman in "Cool Hand Luke," or McQueen in "The Great Escape"?

    I don’t have an answer. It’s a tough question.

    "What did you want me to do? Be reasonable. You didn’t expect me to give myself up." – Harry Lime

  12. furrod1
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    When I was younger, I saw Cool Hand Luke as a noble, non-conformist rebel fighting authority. Now that I’ve seen the flick through older eyes, Cool Hand Luke was an suicidal moron.

    A prime candidate for a Darwin Award.

  13. chesserinator
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    Was Luke really broken?

  14. gracie51086
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    Does anyone know the name of the actor or character with the huge scar on his stomach?

    "Homer: I’m not a praying man but if you’re up there, please save me Superman!"

  15. chachi_arcola
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    i don’t remember exactly why luke cut the tops off the parking meters, nor do i think it was ever made clear, but i do remember him stating that he was settling an old score. was it just another instance of luke’s disdain for prohibitive rules?

    any thoughts?

  16. JeanieK3873
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    Watched this movie recently (again) and was reminded of how much I miss Paul Newman. He was such a great actor and a true humanitarian. I was surprised when my daughter found it odd that I cried when he died. I tried to explain it in terms of her losing someone she admires very much but does not really "know" ie…(Jeff Gordon, NASCAR.) She got it then.

    I have read a lot of posts on here about Cool Hand Luke and I would like to add that one of the endearing things about the character that I found important in the film was his ability to bring an amount of "joy" and/or "fun" to his often bored and restless inmates. I think that was a tremendous part of his charm.

    As to whether or not he was a moron, suicidal, rebellious, ignorant and all of the other things described on a lot of the posts, I really don’t care. I liked him and any film that brings out strong emotions in me will most definitely stay with me over the years. I first saw this movie when I was 20 and LOVED it. I am 62 now and STILL love it.

  17. moondoggiedaddy2007
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    What was Carr’s position? Was he a prisoner, a trustee, or a guard/"boss"? He had stripes on his pants, so doesn’t that make him a prisoner? Did any of the other guards/"bosses" have stripes on their pants? When Luke and the other prisoner break out, Carr yells "Boss! Boss! There’s a man on the fence!" or something like that! If Carr was a "boss", wouldn’t he have used the other "bosses" first names to warn them of the escape?

  18. cuzinmex
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    When they drove off with Luke after shooting him, I’m sure he died but where do you think they buried him, kinda dumb question but I have to ask

  19. kisner-2
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    man i’d love to smash that 6 ways to sunday….oooh the humanity!

  20. Kanamit99
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    It is hard to believe that people can be sent to jail for taking the heads off parking meters. Is it common punishment for such crimes in the 1960’s? Hard labor to boot.

    Up in Canada today, people get house arrest for killing someone in street racing. For something like vandalizing property, you will get probation; at most a small fine.

  21. siyam-asif
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    Does anyone remmember the name of the warner brothers cartoon that does a parrody of cool hand luke? i hope someone here remmembers it. It was a cartoon that had had a big, grey bull dog and a small yellow dog also.

    At the beginning of the cartoon, the big, grey bull dog would be the strong masculine one and the yellow dog would look up to the big bulldog with respect awe. Then by the end of the cartoon the roles would get reversed; the big grey bulldog would look up, though not literally of course, to the small yellow dog with great respect awe.

    Please tell me if someone can name me the title of that particular 5 minute cartoon

    Thanks!

  22. SnoozeAlarm
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    1. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

    2. Bonnie & Clyde

    3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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  23. fentress
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    I have seen Cool Hand Luke at least half a dozen times in my life. I used to think it was a truly great movie. But the last time I saw it, I watched it with a bunch of friends who had never seen it. These were smart people who usually have pretty good taste. But as we watched the movie, they really just didn’t get it. They kept asking, “What’s the point? So this guy gets put in jail for vandalism and just gets keeps getting beat down. What’s so great about that?” They gave up after about the first 40 minutes.

    I have to confess though, I had a hard time explaining to them why this movie is supposed to be good. I just couldn’t seem to find the words. I started to question if it really is such a good movie. I haven’t tried it again since then, so I’m not sure what I think of it now.

    So, has anyone else had a similar experience with this movie? If so, what did you ultimately decide?

  24. livewire760
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    What if that scene alone was telling Luke to just stop or else he would die?

  25. Zhan_Zhuang
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    You know when a movie shows on TV and you think: “it’s about time I saw this” well that happened to me recently. I was away on business and bored at a hotel when this great movie started and it renewed my faith in movies. I had my doubts about this film due to all of the praise it has heaped upon it but it was certainly still very striking in today’s climate. I thought it would be dated but no not at all.

    Its subject is interesting as refusing to conform is a thing we can all relate to and it’s the main focus of this film. Paul Newman portrayed these feelings perfectly and his character can inspire everyone in moments of real humanity, like the faked photo and the two lovely ladies. All throughout the film, we are meant to see Newman as everyman – rational, contemplative, aching for freedom, and realizing the often futile (and eventually fatal) reality of his confrontational ways.

    The never quitting and refusing to surrender of Luke, even with the odds stacked high against him is certainly an inspiration to us all. Maybe I’m a hypocrite because I’m not about to quit my job or anything as drastic (I get paid too much). Maybe it’s simply a metaphor for life and not just anti-establishment?

    "Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river." – Laozi

    The Shadow Warrior

  26. SnoozeAlarm
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    Marlon Brando. Would he have done a good job?

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  27. SnoozeAlarm
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    … Luke had not been shot? What was his plan?

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  28. Anonymous
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  29. yesbloom
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    I think that this film reflects the rebellious attitude of the 1960’s. Especially where those who governed were be questioned about their policies, leadership, etc for the first time. And that the people, especially the young, were not going to just believe anything from those at the top.

    The film does try to show the above in an abstract way, and for the most part succeeds.

    There is a religious element to this film. Some of it is blatant, like when Luke lies on the table after eating the 50 eggs in a Christ-like way.

    The film is good. It takes its time in telling its story. It allows the viewer to get to know the characters and learn about them.

    Paul Newman is terrific as Luke. Newman was giving good performances in the 1960’s, especially rebellious characters.

    The supporting cast, including George Kennedy, Strother Martin, and Jo Van Fleet are excellent.

    A good film but not great.

  30. Armgirls
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    We had to watch this movie in class today and I was bothered by the scene with the snake. It looked as if they actually shot the head off of a real snake for the scene. Did they really do this, or switch to a rubber snake or something at the last moment? Were there laws about this in the 60s like there are now?

    If not… I thought it was awfully unfair to the snake. :[

  31. sarchiorama
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    society red’s guitar tune

    hint..oh lord let it be

    can anyone supply the correct title/origin

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