Cool Hand Luke

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A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses conform to life in prison.


  • Paul Newman
  • George Kennedy
  • J.D. Cannon
  • Lou Antonio
  • Robert Drivas
  • Strother Martin
  • Jo Van Fleet
  • Clifton James
  • Morgan Woodward
  • Luke Askew

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  • Jack Lemmon was the owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films, as well as this one.
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  • While Luke's mother is smoking a cigarette, it gets smaller when the camera switches angles.
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Luke is the first Newman character to understand himself well enough to tell us to shove off. He's through risking his neck to make us happy. With this film, Newman completes a cycle of five films over six years, and together they have something to say about the current status of heroism. But Cool Hand Luke does draw together threads from the earlier movies, especially Hombre, and it is a tough, honest film with backbone.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cool Hand Luke is a metaphor for the social climate in which it germinated. Luke represents that segment of the population who will not submit, no matter how viciously they are beaten. They repeatedly rise up, convinced not only of the rightness of their actions, but that, in the end, they can make a difference. In the midst of the burgeoning '60s cultural revolution, it's impossible to ignore.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli

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.

Metacritic review by Bill Weber
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine