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Cool Hand LukeLuke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, 'You're an original, that's what you are!' Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks.
Actors of "Cool Hand Luke"
Characters of "Cool Hand Luke"
Directors of "Cool Hand Luke"Stuart RosenbergBirthdate: 11 August 1927, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Creators of "Cool Hand Luke"Donn PearceBirthdate: 1928, Croydon, Pennsylvania, USAFrank PiersonBirthdate: 12 May 1925, Chappaqua, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "Cool Hand Luke"Chicago ReaderApril 23, 2009
Stuart Rosenberg's direction is a horror, but the cast teems with so many familiar faces that this 1967 film can't help but entertain.TIME MagazineAugust 22, 2008
A picture of chilling dramatic power.VarietyJuly 22, 2008
Newman gives an excellent performance, assisted by a terriffic supporting cast, including George Kennedy, outstanding as the unofficial leader of the cons who yields first place to Newman.Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
A caustically witty look at the American South and its still-surviving chain gangs, with Newman in fine sardonic form as the boss-baiter who refuses to submit and becomes a hero to his fellow-prisoners.Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 23, 2004
A tough, honest film with backbone.ReelViewsApril 15, 2004
It's as fresh and effective in 2004 as it was in 1967.Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)June 26, 2015
As this 'Southern' turns up the heat, the sense of sadistic oppression, of being looked down on by 'the man,' swelters and burns. The glowering sun eclipses the convict in its hellfire glow. Newman/Luke's knowing smile, though, burns on.Cinema CrazedFebruary 16, 2014
An incredible film...Total FilmApril 23, 2013
It's easy to forget just how fine Cool Hand Luke is.LarsenOnFilmJuly 08, 2010
...a gulag melodrama, if such a thing is possible.Reel Film ReviewsNovember 16, 2008
Anchored by Paul Newman's thoroughly magnetic performance...Slant MagazineSeptember 09, 2008
Newman remains watchable and glamorous throughout, bloody, muddy or coated in torso-flattering sweat, but the film's efforts to sentimentally "humanize" him by psychological revelation are clumsy.
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