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Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

1967 . Crime, Drama . 2h 7m

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Cool Hand Luke
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About the movie

When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.






22 Jun 1967

Original Title:

Cool Hand Luke


Crime, Drama


2h 7m

Produced By:

Warner Brothers, Jalem Productions



Box Office Sales:



Won 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 10 nominations total


prison, rebel, loss of loved one, based on novel or book, florida, harassment, imprisonment, dying and death, escape, barbed wire, death, boxing, prison farm

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Mads Dalgaard

1 year ago


Fantastisk flot, god og opløftende film. En slags datidens Shawshank Redemption. Paul Newman er som skabt til rollen som Luke, der trodser systemet og ikke lader sig nedbryde. En film om håb, menneskelig vilje og sammenhold. Filmen er måske lidt romantisk omkring fængselsophold men det er jo også bare en film. Absolut seværdig, underholdende og sød film!


Angelo Clausner

1 year ago


The man...and the motion picture that simply do not conform. The late 1960s, especially in America, was a period in history of great rebellion from social norms and the like. Many films captured this rebellious spirit terrifically, especially Dennis Hopper’s cinematic hit Easy Rider (1969). One of the finest celluloid rebel figures to come out of this period in Hollywood’s history, however, was the gutsy chain gang prisoner Luke. Cool Hand Luke (1967) to be exact. One of the last of the great “chain-gang” films to many, this film sparked the birth of the anti-hero in Hollywood, with the persuasively suave Paul Newman leading the charge. It’s an interesting start to anti-heroic films in Hollywood to say the least, but BOY is it well executed! Unfortunately, many hardly mention this film’s name nowadays when discussing the new dimension of Hollywood’s compacted shape in the late 1960s. It is a beautifully shot film, with unique cinematography by Conrad L. Hall, a man who would go on to provide photography for classics such as Road to Perdition (2002), American Beauty (1999), Tequila Sunrise (1988), and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). From camera angles, perspectives, to camera zooms and literal camera dirtiness, this film is truly ahead of its time. However, this feature is SO much more than just a marvel of cinematography. This film hasn’t lost its touch of storytelling genius since its appearance on the big screen nearly 53 years ago either. Mainly a study of the development of the film’s characters, those of the modern age of film-viewers can linch onto the movie’s story and its arc. One mustn’t count out the directing prowess of Stuart Rosenberg in the sense of this adaptation of Donn Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. He brings forth many iconic scenes and characters to the cinematic landscape, including, amongst a host of great actors and actresses, the film’s main character Luke Jackson and Dragline. Both roles are played by some of the most magnificent actors of 1960s cinema. The former is played by Paul Newman. There is no doubt that Paul Newman played leading roles in many noteworthy classics of the late 50s and early-mid 60s before Cool Hand Luke. Such examples include: The Hustler (1961), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) alongside Elizabeth Taylor, Hud (1963), and his previous film to CHL: Hombre (1967). But his role in Cool Hand Luke ranks right up there with the best of his whole storied career. Newman’s role of Luke is the role he was absolutely BORN to play. There is so much evident heart, soul, and sincere attention to detail put into the role by Newman that one cannot seem to think of anyone else playing the character. Frankly, when one thinks of or sees Paul Newman, they see a cool, yet cocky dude. That is thanks, mainly, to this film. The secondary star of this film is another memorable figure in 60s cinema: George Kennedy’s Dragline. Kennedy deservedly won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1967 for his role in this picture. Many argue Kennedy was never better than he was here. I can honestly see why. Being such an intense, comedic, tragic, moving, and a downright memorable experience, Cool Hand Luke is, as I mentioned, one of them great classics of cinema, let alone 60s cinema. A downright product and snapshot of the Sumer of Love period in America’s history, there’s no “failure to communicate” here.


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